Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Jet-powered Beer…Cooler?

Crazy-ass beer-swillin', techie motorheads...

Hmm...an ice chest wouldn't do the trick?
(from Engine Lounge.com) Before you get thoughts of a 1000 horsepowered engine chugging beer down your throat at a speed of 100 miles an hour, what we’ve got here is only a beer cooler. But when I say “only”, I’m talking about a decades-old car engine that’s been converted into something to make your lagers feel like it’s been kept in an eskimo’s backyard.

A chap from New Zealand used his 1970 MGB-GT engine and with a little physics know-how, transformed it into a jet engine to, as he said, “burn up fuel very very quickly”.

A jet engine in its simplest form consists of a combuster where fuel is burnt to heat air, a turbine extracting energy from the heated air and a compressor which is turned by the turbine to provide air to the combuster. Using an LPG (liquid petroleum gas) tank to supercool a basin of water, he then dumps in the beer into the basin and turns on his contraption. 5 minutes, 100000 RPM and a racket of 125 dBA later, his beer is chilled to a good 2 degrees Celsius (36 degrees Fahrenheit) .

Now, if only we could as easily cool our cars that way…

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