The Santa Fe New Mexican from Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 30, 1982 · 6
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The Santa Fe New Mexican from Santa Fe, New Mexico · 6

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A 6 THE NEW MEXICAN Santa Fe, N.M., Frl., July 30, 1982 Jet isnt an idle boast on this car By TERRY ENGLAND LOS ALAMOS (AP) The custom California license plate reads, "JET-U-BET. This isnt an Idle boast this car has a real Jet engine in it. And the engine can move that car up to 200 mph. The car already was in the family, and it had room to hold the engine. So, with a little modification and a little outside help, a Honda became a Jet car. . There's no real reason except for going fast, said Bob Lazar, builder of the engine. "Its going through various transitions and its always half done. Lazar, a physicist at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility, said the Important thing Is not the car, It's the Jet engine. It's something hes been working on for years, starting when he worked years ago with another researcher in NASA on the technology, Lazar modified the original design and put out more power." . His first Jet-powered device was a bicycle on which he hit 100 mph. The cops saw that and put a stop to It for fear of safety, he said. The engine, the second for the Honda, Is made of stainless steel and titanium and burns liquid propane. The Jet is capable of putting out 1,600 pounds of thrust, although It was cut back to 800 pounds for various reasons. The first Jet engine was smaller, and the exhaust was right behind the license plate holder. When the Jet was to be fired, the holder was moved out of the way. One time someone forgot and the metal plate was shattered by the force. The Lazars kept a piece as a souvenir. The waste products are water vapor and carbon dioxide. An afterburner that uses kerosene increases the Jets efficiency 50 percent, Lazar said. In tests at a dry lake bed near Los Angeles, the car hit more than 200 mph, he said. When the car hit that speed, the driver, a friend of the Lazars, came back as white as a sheet," Lazar said. The standard gasoline engine works, and Is used to get the car going to about 90 mph. The engine then Is put Into neutral, and the Jet engine Is kicked In for 30 to 60 seconds. The Honda Isnt made for high-speed driving. Indeed, the total thrust, slightly above 1,600 pounds, Is about the same as the car weighs. Theoretically, the car should become airborne if the thrust exceeds the weight," he said. If you hit a rock, youre In trouble. Thats one reason we cut down the thrust." Lazar said he also had to put In two steel beams In the floor of the car. Fiberglass was used to remold the body so air scoops could be added to the roof and sides. A firewall protects the driver and passenger from the heat of the engine. The temperature In the engine compartment reaches 200 degreed. Parts of the engine will glow white hot. ' At one point, the Lazars were almost out of money, and the car was unfinished. Thats when the commercial firms helped out, he said. Word was getting around in California about the car and offers began to come in. The car received four new tires, a custom paint Job and new seat, all free as long as we put their names on the car," he said. The Jet cannot get the car going from a dead stop. So last month It was driven In the usual manner to a high school parking lot, where Lazar started the engine four times. One of the oddest sights Is the little foreign car sitting in an empty parking lot making a noise like a Jet plane. Lazar explained that the sound waves in the intake are synchronized with the sound waves from the exhaust, adding to the din. The waves travel in a V from the exhaust, and moving around the rear of the car subjects the ears to a real cacophonous assault. The noise level In the passenger compartment Isnt as bad, Lazar said. The police are familiar with the vehicle, too. During the demonstration, a county officer drove up and asked, Have you been firing that thingT When Lazar said yes, the policeman said not to do It anymore because complaints had been received abotit the noise. The police have been cooperative," Lazar said. Theyve been Interested In the car, and sometimes weve seen them come by and look at it. Unlike most Jet engines, Lazars design does not need huge hulky compressors because the fuel already Is compressed, making It the most efficient Jet engine available, he said. A standard Jet engine uses six pounds of fuel for every pound of thrust, but Lazar said his engine uses 1.3 pounds of fuel for every pound of thrust. New projects for the Jet Include an ultra-light aircraft powered by a smaller version, then possibly a race car with a bigger version. This will be strictly a race car, Lazar said. The car will be designed around the engine, Instead of one being placed In an existing car. ! The Jet-powered Honda attracts a lot of attention for the Lazars, who moved to Los Alamos from California. Neighbors will gather around and look at It, sometimes In the middle of the night, the Lazars said. Most of the local people are Interested in the technology, which Is a change from California, said Mrs. Lazar. People (in California) looked at it and said, A Jet-powered car then tried to damage it, she said. A lot of people are frightened by it. I was at first. She has driven the car to 135 mph because, she said, I like the speed. V. , X u 3 J The license says It all. Bob Lazar stands next to bis Honda car that bolds a Jet engine capable of boosting tbe car to 200 mpb. The car Is becoming well-known In Los Alamos because tbe noise can be beard for blocks. Classified Gets Results! Call 982-4451 TODAY 1 15-Day Bargain urqpean under spiritual direction of Father Charles C. obituaries HERRERA, Camllo Agus-tlne 67 - A Santa Fe resident died yesterday morning at St. Vincents Hospital after a long Illness. He is survived by a sister Carlotta Kilbey, nephews and nieces; Freddie Trujillo and wife Linda, Willie Trujillo, Ramona Montoya and husband Ray, Roland Felix and wife Jeannie, Manuel Romero Jr., Pita Jones, Joe Trujillo, Pat Herrera, Lucas Kilbey, cousins, Jimmy Escu-dero and wife Rosina, Emlteria Salazar and many other relatives. Visitation will be Satur day from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. with Rosary being . recited at 7:30 at Blocks Mortuary. On Sunday, visitation will be from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. with Parish Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Cathedral with interment to follow at the National Cemetary. Blocks Mortuary. ALLEN, Leonard Frank -Funeral services were held today at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Chapel Mortuary with Chaplain, Capt. Cecil R. Richardson of Kirtland Air Force Base, officiating. Burial will follow in Santa Fe National Cemetery with full Military Honors at graveside, provided by Kirtland AFB. Pallbearers were: Lee Allen, Don Beck, Bill Hanrahan, Pete Ackley, Waylon Tracey and Dale Schmaltz. Arrangements were through McGee Memorial Chapel Mortuary. PURCELL, Knight E. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was Celebrated today at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Cathedral. Burial followed in Santa Fe AN AMERICAN PREMIERE IN SANTA FE SAIOME ...a ballet of considerable power; Clive Barnes Dramatic impact . . . soaring lyricism Variety Bold and stunning . . . London Evening times Dallas Ballet at Santa Fe presents this provocative . dance-drama July 29 -August lot Sweeney Cerflec Choreographer Flemming Hindi Composer Costumes and Scenery Peter Maxwell Davies Bemarcl Dayde National Cemetery. A Parish Rotary was Recited last night at 7:00 p.m. at McGee Memorial Chapel Mortuary. Arrangements were through McGee Memorial Chapel Mortuary. 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