This Road-Legal Jet-Engined MG ZT Pickup Is The Definition Of Insanity

Whoever decided to fit a working jet engine to the back of a modified MG ZT deserves a hearty pat on the back... but also some kind of mental health check
This Road-Legal Jet-Engined MG ZT Pickup Is The Definition Of Insanity

This has to be the oddest used car we’ve brought to you in some time. What you’re looking at was an MG ZT with a 2.5-litre V6 at the front, but these days it’s bringing quite a lot more to the party.

The roof was chopped and replaced with a pickup back end, with a solid bulkhead behind two seats and steel plating on the load bed itself. You won’t be putting much luggage in there, though, because it’s carrying a working jet engine.

This Road-Legal Jet-Engined MG ZT Pickup Is The Definition Of Insanity

Apparently this terrifying concoction is road-legal as long as you don’t trigger the Rolls Royce gas turbine, which spins to 35,000rpm and has its own fuel tank and pump. It runs on either kerosene or diesel and should pretty much guarantee that nobody ever dares tailgate you.

It comes to life with just a few flipped switches and a press of the starter button, but for God’s sake never do it in public. The seller says he’s only ever run the unit at idle, describing it as ‘brown pants time lol’. No kidding. Imagine how the driver behind would be feeling…

This Road-Legal Jet-Engined MG ZT Pickup Is The Definition Of Insanity

We rather like the V6 ZT. In its favour it has a long MOT with all necessary paperwork for the car. It has covered 94,000 miles, is lowered and wears an induction kit, none of which really means a lot next to what’s at the back, unless of course you count the fact that the ride quality must be horrific.

Just in case you’re wondering, the auction for this ‘tarmac terrorist’ (his words, not ours) also includes a maintenance manual for the willing DIY mechanics among you, letting you service and/or rebuild the Rolls Royce engine on your own driveway. Probably.

At the time of writing, with just 12 hours left on the eBay UK auction, the price stands at £5100 after 106 bids. If you want it, you’d better be quick. And brave.



The real question is, how much thrust does that turbing produce? And what is the code name of it?

01/29/2018 - 07:50 |
18 | 2

So much boost. Looks like a big ass turbo just isn’t enough nowadays.

01/29/2018 - 07:57 |
66 | 2
Erich Mohrmann

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Soon the Supra guys will strap one on the roof…. I guess calling it a strap on isn’t thar good of an idea

01/29/2018 - 08:43 |
22 | 0

When boost is life but turbos just aren’t enough.

01/29/2018 - 08:04 |
8 | 4

It’s a steal ! Just if you dismount the turbine , fuel pump , the starter ecc ecc you can sell this for a veery high price ! A lots more than what you will pay for the entire car !

01/29/2018 - 08:07 |
12 | 2
Phil Drift

I can see the inspiration here.

01/29/2018 - 08:53 |
144 | 4

In reply to by Phil Drift

Get this guy comment awards please

01/29/2018 - 09:54 |
6 | 36

I was actually thinking of the rocket car from GTA 5

01/29/2018 - 19:20 |
8 | 0


02/05/2018 - 11:11 |
0 | 0

So this or the steam-powered Land Rover? I know which one I’d rather take!

01/29/2018 - 09:07 |
2 | 0
Noah Thorley Images

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Steam Powered Land Rover!

01/29/2018 - 09:33 |
2 | 0

Combing the jet engine and petrol engine might prove interesting for drag racing. Jet engines need a fair amount of thrust before getting the vehicle moving. So if the static inertia is overcome by the ICE whilst the turbine is busy spooling the result might just be phenomenal…

01/29/2018 - 09:37 |
34 | 0

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

I applaud your use of tech jargon, but no. If you’ve ever seen the Darwin Awards, that’s the kind of phenomenal result you can expect.

01/29/2018 - 23:26 |
2 | 6


01/29/2018 - 09:38 |
2 | 10

Why not?

01/29/2018 - 13:33 |
10 | 0
01/29/2018 - 10:41 |
24 | 0
Olivier (CT's grammar commie)

In reply to by 675LT_ftw

Yeah, rather would wait 5 min to get the engine to work, and 30 seconds to get your thrust, than having to wait half a second for your turbo to kick in

01/29/2018 - 12:56 |
8 | 0

So are we going to see this put into mass production at this rate of progress?

01/29/2018 - 11:48 |
14 | 0



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