School Bus - Indy Boys Inc sets world record
BROWNSBURG, IN, USA -- Paul
Stender, 43, and his team from Indy
Boys Inc, based in Indianapolis, fitted the engine
from a Phantom fighter jet onto a trusty yellow school bus,
the “School Time Jet-Powered School Bus”, allowing it to reach
up to 367mph , setting the world record for the Fastest
People can’t believe their eyes when the
prim and proper looking bus belches out 80-foot flames and
billowing clouds of acrid smoke while gulping down about 150
gallons of jet aviation fuel as it roars down a quarter-mile
strip of asphalt at over 350 mph.
In an interview with the UK Telegraph, Stender
explained that his underlying motivation for creating the
World's Fastest School Bus is a statement against
the use of street drugs.
Mr Stender, 43, said: "I built the Fastest
School Bus in The World 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
"The entire World's
Fastest School Bus 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
The yellow American-style school bus has
been fitted with a jet engine from a Phantom fighter plane,
allowing it to reach up to 367mph.
Capable of clocking speeds up to 367 miles
per hour, the bus’ creators describe it as more like an aircraft
than a bus, with a 42,000 horsepower engine that burns 150
gallons of fuel in just a quarter mile, leaving a spectacularly
awesome 80-foot trail of flames in its wake.
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
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