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Gas turbine Landspeed Motorcycle

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Anders Johansson
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ABOUT THIS PROJECT


Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another function?

I´ve designed and built a gas turbine motorcycle that I some day will take to Bonneville Speed Week to try for the land speed record in the class APS/Omega. I´ve built the entire bike from scratch, the engine is built entirely by myself on my manual lathe and mill and the chromemoly bike frame is designed and made in my workshop. The engine has been bench run several times and all kinds of gremlins have been sorted out, the video is from my first road test of the bike where I just flip the throttle a couple of times to see how things hold up. You can find many more videos on my youtube channel, username "Anders811017" and I have a quite lenghty build thread going at the JATO community. http://www.jetandturbineowners.proboards.com/thread/53/landspeed-bike-diy-gas-turbine

When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?

It has taken me five years so far, and I still have some things to sort out before I can take a shot at the record.

What was your goal in building this project?

My goal is to learn more about designing gas turbine engines, I´ve built several over the years but this is by far the most advanced one. And to eventually take the world record of course. :)

Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?

Well, it surely has kept my bank account from overflowing...

What makes your idea unique?

I know only of a couple of people in the world who have built a gas turbine motorcycle from scratch, and no land racing motorcycle so I have a good chance of making this the fastest DIY turbine motorcycle in the world.

In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?

I use ceramic ball bearings in the angle drive that connects the power turbine wheel to the chain front sprocket.

What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?

Hmm, perhaps that isn´t finished yet so the overall finish will be much better as well as the speed. The standing class record in APS/Omega is 219mph so my first goal is to get it over 200mph.

How will you use the $5,000 prize?

I will use it to help fund the motorcycle build, so far I have probably spent 15.000-20.000USD on the bike and all things I´ll need to go racing with it and taking it to Bonneville will cost me a bit considering I live in Sweden.

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