A Turbonique rocket powered go kart in fully restored running condition is for sale on eBay, one of only three remaining from the five or so known to have been built. These are rarely seen. Turbonique is almost a mythic name from the 1960s when a small company, Turbonique, Inc. of Orlando, Florida, created some of the most amazing rocket powered drive systems for anything you could think of. These devices were connected to cars, motorcycles, go carts, boats, practically anything with an engine that could use an extra 1000 horsepower or so.
Using a fuel called Thermolene rocket fuel, a combination of nitromethane, propane and oxygen, they were essentially a rocket powered turbine which, through the beauty of gear reduction, created monster torque for a fairly short duration. Could any company sell a product like this today? With all of the safety regulations today protecting everyone from themselves, probably not, but there was a time …
Photos, link and early ad below:
Link: Turbonique Rocket Kart – listing has ended