Green and fast

The EcoJet, a supercar designed by GM and Jay Leno, runs on biodiesel.

Not all econuts want to meander around smelling wildflowers; some want to drive really, really fast. Jay Leno, car nut with a green streak, worked with GM's Advance Design Studio to build the EcoJet, a biodiesel-fueled, turbine-powered supercar built on a Corvette frame. Unveiled at SEMA this week, the car uses a Honeywell LT 101 turbine engine that runs on biodiesel fuel. The turbine produces 650 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, which puts it in the insanely powerful category. Jay Leno came up with the initial idea, then had his team work with GM designers to make the car a reality. But the car will probably only live as a concept, never entering production. No word on how many cornfields or fast food restaurants it will take to power the EcoJet.

(Photo: General Motors)

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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