When Paul Stender and his team from Indy Boys Inc, based in Indianapolis, USA decided to add a little horsepower to a ordinary yellow American-style school bus, they went beyond using fuel additives or engine enhancements.
After equipping it with a 42,000 horsepower General Electric J-79 Jet Engine taken from a F4 Phantom Fighter Jet, the owner of Indy Boys, Inc., painted flames on the side of the yellow bus and named it ‘the School Time Jet-Powered School Bus.’
It has been deemed the world’s fastest school bus with good reason, with a top speed of more than 367mph. Mr Stender’s creation also fires out 80 foot flames from the back creating massive clouds of smoke.
Stender takes the bus along to air shows around the country, promoting the message, “Jets are hot, drugs are not!” He said: “I built the bus for two reasons. The first is to entertain people because, come on, it’s a jet bus. The second, is to keep kids off drugs. Jets are hot, drugs are not.”
“The entire vehicle was custom built by myself. There’s no way the original bus could have withstood the speeds that I take it to. We do a lot of displays at schools and we are trying to show them there’s more to life than sitting in front of computers,” he added.
He continued: “I’ve got two 10-month old Great Danes myself but they are like kids for me, but I don’t think they’d enjoy going on the bus. We are based in Indianapolis we are right down the road from the famous Indy 500 track, but we have shown the bus in Canada and even South America.”
Mr Stender, whose mechanical skills are entirely self taught, said he has a passion for making things go fast. He said: “I bought it just as an old school bus, but I have to say only about five percent are original parts. Actually a lot of it is hand-crafted and the types of metals used would be more at home on an aircraft.”
“There’s still some bus left on it, a little bit on the front. And of course the door handle and the door are all original. I grew up on a farm and to tell you the truth I always wanted to learn things myself and didn’t like school much. I guess this is my revenge for all those days riding on the slow journey to school, now it goes at my kind of pace.”
However, the jet-powered school bus isn’t very fuel efficient as it uses up a whopping 150 gallons of fuel in just one quarter-mile run. Check the video below after the jump. [Indy Boys Inc via Daily Mail (UK) and Telegraph (UK)]