Ten Things We Learned This Week
Aeroplane-engined MR2s and rubbernecking screens: it’s the week’s weirdest car stories
Posted: 26 Aug 2014
You can fit an aircraft engine in a Toyota MR2
Keen viewers of Top Gear may remember that in series 18 Jeremy manhandled two beasts from a very different era: the aeroplane-engined BMW Brutus, and the aeroplane-engined Bentley Meteor.
The Bentley was a Twenties lookalike, fashioned from the ground up and sporting an engine straight out of a Spitfire. A Spitfire! The BMW was equally bonkers and more terrifying, being from 1925, having no brakes and a 12-cylinder, 46-litre engine at the front. They were loud, they were very fiery, and overall, bloody brilliant.
That's why we got excited when we heard about Marc Labranche, an engineer from Indiana, who's squeezed a radial aircraft engine (the kind of engine that looks like a starfish twerking) into the back of an old MR2. You can check it out here.
Could this bring about a renaissance of modern day aero cars? We really hope so.