Not all hybrids are fuel-efficient. One, in fact, is designed to burn fuel—aviation fuel.
A vehicle named P.A.R.T. is the world’s only Plymouth Air Radial Truck, according to its bulder. Gary Corns, owner of Colorado Auto & Parts, created the plane. Or is it a truck? It’s actually a mash up of a 1939 Plymouth pick-up and a 757 seven-cylinder radial engine from a 1950’s Cessna airplane. Of course it runs.
“Why be normal?” said Corns, the builder and mad scientist. “A former CEO of Cessna saw it and liked it so much he brought me parts and signed the console. A (vice president) at Lockheed Martin asked me to explain how we put it together. We must be doing something right when a rocket scientist is asking us how it works.”
When the smoke clears and eyesight returns, P.A.R.T. is truly a thing of beauty. Pockmarked raw steel is dotted with rivets, and the Cessna engine’s finned cylinders rise from the bare-metal engine bay like a ghost in the fog. If a machine could have emotion, this is as close at comes. It has literally every component of an airplane to boot, including a functioning pitot tube to measure fluid flow velocity.
The part-aviation, part-highway creation will debut in the Covercraft booth at the SEMA Show, set for Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.
“When we first heard about Gary and his creation, we knew he needed to be in our booth at SEMA,” said Mark Korros, CEO of Covercraft.
In addition to the truck being on display in booth No. 23343 during the SEMA Show, Corns will make several personal appearances in the booth to answer questions about the one-of-a-kind vehicle.