Originally built in 1958, this VW pick up spent most of her life on a farm in Oklahoma. Over the last 4 years the truck has undergone a total nut and bolt restoration and has been re-engineered to cope with the power of the 5000 BHP turbine and also introduce modern components including air suspension, rear IRS, drilled and vented dual circuit disc brakes, rack & pinion steering & a completely new 1955cc race spec engine with Freeway flyer gearbox. The bodywork is mostly new, with 67 panels having been replaced. The bus is ROAD LEGAL and regularly driven.
The Rolls Royce Viper 535 jet engine, or gas turbine to use the correct name, was originally the power plant in a BAC Strike Master light fighter jet that spent its working life in the Omani Royal Airforce. The turbine has been totally stripped and rebuilt and an afterburner has been added to produce 45 – 50% extra power. Maximum Power output is just under 5000 lbs. of thrust which can be roughly translated to 5000 BHP. The engine burns 31 gallons per minute on full power.
If all potential power was utilized the jet would propel the bus up the ¼ mile in approximately 6 seconds with a terminal speed of 250mph. However the bus has been built to show rather than compete in serious racing, the lack of air wings and fins (Which would spoil the look) along with the elevated position of the turbine mean the bus would be potentially unstable at high speeds, so only relatively low speed DEMONSTRATION passes are made. ¼ mile times are 10 to 11 seconds with ETs of 145 to 150mph.
Perry’s previous ROAD LEGAL cars:
Early Eighties: road-going 9’ tall Dalek
Guinness World Record holding cars:
The world’s lowest car – The Flatmobile
The world’s smallest car - Wind Up
Fast Food – The world’s fastest furniture –a road legal Queen Anne dining table complete with six wrought iron chairs, table settings and food. To break the World record Fast Food recorded an astonishing 113mph along Santa Pod Raceway’s drag strip in September 2010 and was instrumental in the owner becoming something of an internet legend with footage on YouTube having over 4 million views!
Oklahoma Willy joins us at Truckfest Peterborough alongside the Light Parade for Weekend Campers, Truckers and Exhibitors and in the Main Arena on Sunday and Monday.