Not all hybrids are fuel-efficient. One, in fact, is designed to burn gas - AV Gas. Introducing P.A.R.T. - the world’s only Plymouth Air Radial Truck. It’s a plane. It’s a truck. It’s a mash-up of a 1939 Plymouth Pick-up and a 757 seven-cylinder radial engine from a 1950’s Cessna airplane. And it runs.
“Why be normal?” said Gary Corns, owner of Colorado Auto & Parts and the builder/mad scientist behind this one of kind vehicle. “A former CEO of Cessna saw it and liked it so much he brought me parts and signed the console. A VP 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 your eyesight returns, it’s 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 it comes. It has literally every component of an airplane to boot, including a functioning pitot tube to measure fluid flow velocity.