Supercar replicas built in a garage get little love from most true car enthusiasts, but it’s hard not to love this twin jet engine Ferrari Enzo replica dragster built by Canada’s Ryan McQueen over the course of 12 years.
McQueen, a resident of Edmonton, Alberta, set to work on his jet car after seeing a jet dragster race back in 2004. He sold his Corvette to bid on a pair of Rolls Royce jet engines that were for sale at a local military surplus auction and set to work, designing and building the rest of the car from scratch.
“I didn’t have a whole lot of money or a lot of skill,” McQueen told CBC in an interview. “I just learned as I went.
“I didn’t know how to weld, engineer, bend tubing, lay up fibreglass or carbon fibre, or even know anything about jet engines.”
It took McQueen about five years to build the mould for the fiberglass mody and another two to weld the steel frame. He learned much of what he did through Google and YouTube and completed all of the work in his modestly sized residential garage.
McQueen can’t actually race his jet dragster until it passes a safety inspection this fall, but he hopes to have it on track by next summer. It boasts a theoretical top speed of 640 kilometers per hour, or a 397 miles per hour, which explains why he’s named it ‘Insanity’.