Retired Mechanic Builds Pratt & Whitney Jet Engine Powered Chevy S-10 Pickup Truck That Can Outrun an Airplane


It might seem crazy to think of a Chevy truck capable of outrunning an airplane, but then we are not talking any old regular Chevy truck. What this shows is the multi-year creation of Neil Darnell. The project appears to take a Chevy S-10 truck and then adapt it to hold a Pratt & Whitney J60 turbo engine lifted from one of the Navy’s T-2 Buckey jets. The reality is slightly different but here is a closer look at what occurred.


Building the Jet Powered Chevy Pickup Truck

Over the span of two plus years, Neil Darnell and his son Chris built a frame that would hold the J60 turbojet engine. The frame was constructed so that the body and frame of the Chevy S-10 could fit around the jet engine. That is an important consideration for such a project, because the standard frame and assembly of the Chevy S-10 pickup truck would likely not hold up to the force of such a powerful engine, or the G-force exerted on the entire vehicle as it reaches its maximize 375 MPH. To put that into perspective, that is past the half-way mark for reaching the speed of sound. An F-14 Tomcat hits the speed of sound and can easily cause a sonic boom. This truck is halfway there and still appears stable while driving.


What We Know about this Jet Powered Beast of a Chevy Pickup Truck

  • Powered by a single, Pratt & Whitney J60 Turbo jet engine from a T-2B Jet
  • Total Horsepower equals 12,000 HP
  • Top Speed 375 MPH
  • Moves from 0-60 MPH in 1.5 seconds
  • Produces a driver G-force of 6

All That Crazy Pratt & Whitney Horsepower

12,000 horsepower is a lot of force to contain. The T-2 Buckeye’s were equipped with two of these turbojet engines. To contain that power, Darnell had to create a truck version of what is essentially a jet frame. To achieve that, he used Molly Chrome Steel because of its amazing strength. Molly Chrome Steel is created using  a cold-drawn process that produces tubing that is seamless. The process makes the frame light-weight, which improves speed, but also strong enough to handle all of the thrust from the turbojet engine.

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