The World Fastest School Bus – 590 km/h!

| August 5, 2010

This is just too insane! How many people in this earth can actually imagine that actually a mere school bus speed can reach up to 367 mph (or 590 km/h)? I don’t until now. A big thanks to Paul Stender for his weird hobby, and MIROS Road Safety via Telegraph UK for providing us the stunning news of the auto world. As far as I concerned, this is about the second time such madness happened to the motor world, after the insanity of drag truck powered by rocket engine.

The yellow American-style school bus has been fitted with a jet engine from a Phantom fighter plane, allowing it to reach up to 367 mph. Paul Stender and his team from Indy Boys Inc, based in Indianapolis, USA adapted the bus which uses a full tank of 150 gallons of fuel in just one quarter-mile run.

Mr Stender’s creation, which he has dubbed ‘The School Time Jet-Powered School Bus’, also fires out 80 foot flames from the back creating massive clouds of smoke. Mr Stender, 43, 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.

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.”

Videos of the super bus during the world record time:


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