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Why the 1300 HP Turbo Axle Failed

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In 1962, a rocket engineer named Gene Middlebrooks applied what he’d learned designing ballistic missiles to build and sell turbine-based power-adding equipment for cars. And when we say “turbine-based”, we don’t mean turbochargers. His “turbo drag axle” was a revolutionary invention that used a turbine to drive the axle of a car, which let drivers toggle their car between comfortable street ride and absolutely mind-boggling power. So why aren't we all driving on turbo axles? Today on B2B we'll explore the brilliance and the pitfalls of this by-gone work of genius.

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Comentarii: 2 463 

  1. Raptor Jesus

    Raptor Jesus

    Acum 2 Zile

    And here I thought it was just a turbo that was setup to spin off the rear axle, thus only making power whilst at speed...

  2. Dave


    Acum 3 Zile

    I've seen Tractor Pulling events with vehicles that utilize jet turbine engines, whose outputs are connected to the rear axle. A jet turbine has obvious safety advantages over a rocket that has no throttle control.

  3. PNW_Drizzle Racing

    PNW_Drizzle Racing

    Acum 4 Zile

    What about the turbo button in 90's computers.

  4. Phil Nuccio

    Phil Nuccio

    Acum 4 Zile

    drop a 3.5 ecoboost in that miata.... and crank it up !

  5. brkbeat junkie

    brkbeat junkie

    Acum 4 Zile

    I wonder if today’s battery tech would be sufficient for electric super chargers.

  6. Jeff Ingram

    Jeff Ingram

    Acum 4 Zile

    Cool video - lets put a Merlin engine over the axle

  7. Janne Johansson

    Janne Johansson

    Acum 5 Zile

    Btw, if I didn't miscalculated gas is now some 8$/gallon (1.8€/l) today, at Fin

  8. Janne Johansson

    Janne Johansson

    Acum 5 Zile

    C'mon, at sixties those guys wisited moon without single dead

  9. Chemieju


    Acum 6 Zile

    I'd argue "a less dangerous fuel" would be anything that doesnt contain oxygen. So either you'd have to use an oxidiser (liquid oxygen or laughing gas for example) or use air oxygen. At this point you basically a jet engine with an output shaft, a turboshaft engine. Now comes the good part if you decide to build something like this: helicopter engines are only allowed to be used for a certain number of hours, and if you REALLY wanted to you could probably get a used one and stick it in a car.

  10. Cody Wright

    Cody Wright

    Acum 6 Zile

    Seemed like a great set up! Well #ArrestFauci

  11. Nicholas Rucinski

    Nicholas Rucinski

    Acum 6 Zile

    make a video on stol planes

  12. John Cooper

    John Cooper

    Acum 6 Zile

    Can you move an exhaust driven turbo to the axle? It doesn't have to be 1500 hp, just improve the rotation. Better power and mpg.

  13. Justin Belshe

    Justin Belshe

    Acum 7 Zile


  14. Kevin Kunkle

    Kevin Kunkle

    Acum 8 Zile

    Your animations depict the turbine and compressor wheels spinning in opposite directions, 3 times!

  15. Shane Forsythe

    Shane Forsythe

    Acum 9 Zile

    this video would of been good if it was hosted by anyone other than Ashton Kutcher.

  16. Richard Parker

    Richard Parker

    Acum 9 Zile

    Turbo = +5 Fast

  17. Talasain


    Acum 9 Zile

    3:56 someone sucks I guess

  18. bad bob

    bad bob

    Acum 10 Zile

    How irrisponsible to suggest such a dangerous and crazy idea.....That being said, Where can I get one for my dead miata ?

  19. Jam West

    Jam West

    Acum 10 Zile

    Tubro axle? Yes please.

  20. Cecil Mills

    Cecil Mills

    Acum 11 Zile

    Rocket fuel is THE BEST

  21. Dukiemoto


    Acum 11 Zile


  22. joseph gilliand

    joseph gilliand

    Acum 11 Zile

    The volkswagon beetle is shaped just like an airplane wing! But they didn't expect it to take off fly at 200+mph? I would have! LOL

  23. West Park

    West Park

    Acum 11 Zile

    Unfortunately, the turbo axle is kind of obsolete. Tesla and other electric vehicles are coming, and easily beat the regular car on acceleration. Another problem arises. OK. Tesla can reach easily 0-60 in just 2 seconds. And much more. However, the tires, the road traction, the driver training are not designed for such speeds and such accelerations. So, when and where are you gong to use turbo axle? How many times in the life of the car, and in the life of the driver? Is there a better way to spend or invest such money?

  24. West Park

    West Park

    Acum 11 Zile

    this car needs second clutch: Between the gear box and the rear axle. Why waste energy spinning the gear box wheels? And overheating the viscous gear box oil???

  25. West Park

    West Park

    Acum 11 Zile

    Back in the 1950s the crazy Russians would strip a rocket "katjusha" to a "Ural" motorcycle and drag-race in the long roads of Siberia. At the time I thought it was a crazy idea...

  26. Nick St.laurent

    Nick St.laurent

    Acum 12 Zile

    This guy is like a super smart Daniel tosh

  27. fullthrottlewrx


    Acum 12 Zile

    guys come on - 10 seconds in you showed a non-drive front axle that a turbo could never power, unless you mean turbo steering... get it together!

  28. Oğuz GÖNÜL

    Oğuz GÖNÜL

    Acum 12 Zile

    germans and naming things are kind a broken, like maus tank

  29. Josh M

    Josh M

    Acum 12 Zile

    Whatever happened to that turbocharger that attacked to the muffler side of the exhaust?

  30. Je Gr

    Je Gr

    Acum 13 Zile

    Turbo axle... 🤔

  31. Carl Showalter

    Carl Showalter

    Acum 13 Zile

    I have decided to sell all of my worldly possessions and go on a quest to find and buy that go cart........

  32. Demon orb

    Demon orb

    Acum 14 Zile

    Rocket engine turbo pump nice 😄

  33. Ken ferguson

    Ken ferguson

    Acum 14 Zile

    The basic concept seems similar to the "cruise range extender" direct drive turbo added to the P-47 fighter of WWII. The P-47 used waste exhaust to power it vs chemical fuel, but it was directly coupled to the crankshaft. The idea was to turn wasted energy into increased range, but if they would have thought to add a combustion chamber they might have been able to use it to increase power (P-47 with an afterburner boost ?! )

  34. Ge0 Arc

    Ge0 Arc

    Acum 14 Zile

    Costly but Effective! i'd love to see this REBORN also.

  35. gj rt

    gj rt

    Acum 14 Zile

    the most complicated thing I have heard on Donut: Ballistic missile defense contractor. The IQ of 70 all shriek's in terror.

  36. gj rt

    gj rt

    Acum 14 Zile

    Greatest quote in history: "You will know what your car needs, when you work on it". Alexander Gram Bell-

  37. Mark Buterbuagh

    Mark Buterbuagh

    Acum 14 Zile

    My older brother was messing with this on his go kart .In 1967 or 68 but just stuff crazy back then in So Cal.

  38. matt gammell

    matt gammell

    Acum 14 Zile

    I heard $555.48. Deal.

  39. Seven Bates

    Seven Bates

    Acum 15 Zile

    I think hardware like a turbo axle is exactly the kind of thing that gearheads in the future are going to need to rely on, in a world where we have electric vehicles.

  40. TheCptnOf Fail

    TheCptnOf Fail

    Acum 15 Zile

    I would install one of these on my car. Sound's like a fun time.

  41. Kenson Wilcox

    Kenson Wilcox

    Acum 16 Zile

    i expected Pumphrey to let out "da bears" with that sick stache... lol

  42. Hector


    Acum 16 Zile

    That must be front wheels drive for regular driving and then start firing direct drive turbo jet rear axle for saying bye bye baby ;)

  43. Duke Kenspocket Studio

    Duke Kenspocket Studio

    Acum 17 Zile

    555£ bargain

  44. Friday Californiaa

    Friday Californiaa

    Acum 18 Zile

    Bro, you basically explained us what happens inside some turbopumps with their gas generators. Except this turbopump thingy is linked to an axle, not a real impeller as we see in real rocket engines. That was a great video =)

  45. rbgosling


    Acum 18 Zile

    Done properly, you'd probably want to move the turbine and equipment under the bonnet. Oh, hold on... Didn't fusty old British car company Rover do this, back in 1950??? Check out the Rover JET1 - Wikipedia, now available for anyone to visit in the Science Museum, London.

  46. Jeremy Anderson

    Jeremy Anderson

    Acum 19 Zile

    id buy one of their turboaxles

  47. NvTwist


    Acum 19 Zile

    Throttle control….😂 its o% straight to 100% if ya lift your runs done. Second ignition reapidly deconstructs the vehicle.

  48. Aperture Michelle

    Aperture Michelle

    Acum 20 Zile

    1300 hp is sweet but Thermolene is scary like not chlorine trifluoride level but still a big MSDS folder attached to it XD. I have an old add for them with the picture of it and it looks quite compact, makes little mention of the lack of throttle control just ''1300hp at the flick of a switch'' LOL but with 60s tier tec they likely left quarter mile burnouts and need new tiers and pants every use XD

  49. Erik Horowitz

    Erik Horowitz

    Acum 20 Zile

    funny thing porsche has a 911 turbo model, but all current 911 models are turbocharged

  50. Dakota Milly

    Dakota Milly

    Acum 21 o Zi

    5:35 astroworld looking lit

  51. Michael Wilson

    Michael Wilson

    Acum 21 o Zi

    after ww2, wright introduced turbines that used the exhaust gasses to directly add to crank horsepower, delivering approx 20% fuel savings on their 3350 duplex-cyclones (or, instead, adding about 15% horsepower). I thought this was going to be one of those, but I'm glad to be proven wrong by a "rocket-fueled rocket motor."

  52. Señor hidrógeno dos oxígenos

    Señor hidrógeno dos oxígenos

    Acum 21 o Zi

    “And you could buy a child’s toy that contained radioactive Uranium -238…” 🧠: “In Dexter’s laboratory…comes the smartest boy you’ve EVER seen…but Dee-Dee blows his experiments to smithereens…..”

  53. Joseph Blow

    Joseph Blow

    Acum 21 o Zi

    Since the entire drive train is nothing but the rear axle, imagine how much lighter a car would be with no engine, transmission, or drive shaft!

  54. Rodrigo Godoy Valenzuela

    Rodrigo Godoy Valenzuela

    Acum 21 o Zi

    Instead of my country flag, i'll use the donut flag during independence holidays.

  55. Stephen Lujan

    Stephen Lujan

    Acum 21 o Zi

  56. Jesse Murray

    Jesse Murray

    Acum 21 o Zi

    I remember reading a hotrod article about this back almost 20 years ago. When they questioned the inventor on what ever happened, he said they were accusing him of mail fraud. Whether the government, oil companies or whoever, someone didn't want it made. I for one think its a great idea, what could go wrong....?

  57. Richard Paige III

    Richard Paige III

    Acum 22 Zile

    9:57 for the ACTUAL STORY

  58. Richard Paige III

    Richard Paige III

    Acum 22 Zile


  59. Brotato


    Acum 23 Zile

    Wait, are Burton and Jobe engineers?

  60. Joseph Blow

    Joseph Blow

    Acum 23 Zile

    That guy on the go kart broke additional records when he went 5 seconds in the 1320, like World's craziest man and world's largest testicles. Maybe even the world's dirtiest underwear too!

  61. austin carpenter

    austin carpenter

    Acum 24 Zile

    So are they going to send it on the first or last payment? I've been waiting for a while now.

  62. Louisa


    Acum 24 Zile

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  63. Flies2FLL


    Acum 24 Zile

    Just get ahold of an old APU and use a fluid coupling to connect it to a Mustang rear axle installed on some FWD car.

  64. Robert Myles

    Robert Myles

    Acum 24 Zile

    I worked in a grocery store for 10 years, which i know is too long when the first thought that popped in my head at 4:13 was "that store is conditioned/blocked/zoned/fronted/faced (whichever one of those terms that all mean the same thing my fellow grocery workers learned to call it) horribly." Even with it being blurry, I can see labels not turned to face out, items not fronted two deep, items not pulled to the very lip of the shelf, items that have multiple facings with only one facing pulled up, items that should be standing straight up laying on it's back or side......... I could critique that terrible block job all day.

  65. BluTyger Gaming

    BluTyger Gaming

    Acum 24 Zile

    I like the part when the clip of the Miata has a mouse cursor over it

  66. Zack Novotny

    Zack Novotny

    Acum 25 Zile

    Donut !!!!! Will u guys plz plz plz plzzzz make more color ways for the Donut flag ???? I LOVE my yellow & black one but dude i would LITERALLY buy every color way that yall drop !!!! Do some sick unique ones like red and black checkers , plaid , quilt style , neon , miami pink and teal/blue , white & silver/grey , black & glow in the dark green and black & glow in the dark blue , do sum of those patterns from thise bill cosby sweaters from the 90s , just go CRAZY ! Please yall PLEASE !! I will literally cover my whole entire garage in Donut flags and dedicate a whole friggin wall to Donut merch and Donut flags word 2 my mother ! Again , PLEASE make this happen even if its just like s limited time thing like a super exclusive limited time drop. I love u guys have a goodnight #HRSPRS

  67. Travis


    Acum 25 Zile

    What you really want isn't a turbo axle. It's an electric motor directly attached to the wheels.

  68. Kevin Guthrie

    Kevin Guthrie

    Acum 26 Zile

    Instead of Porsche naming it the Porsche Taycan Turbo they should've named it Porsche Taycan High Current or Porsche Taycan HC

  69. Justin Reese

    Justin Reese

    Acum 26 Zile

    Please make a modern turbo axle

  70. Not Me

    Not Me

    Acum 26 Zile

    Hear me out: EV FWD, Turbo Axle RWD. Both can run at once.

  71. WolfSpirit


    Acum 26 Zile

    So how exactly did a beetle go airborne but the gokart didn’t?

  72. Mohamed Nady

    Mohamed Nady

    Acum 26 Zile

    When i try to hold my breath under water for 10 secs 6:34

  73. yerubandi Sridevi 30

    yerubandi Sridevi 30

    Acum 26 Zile

    Love the flag thing. It is bad ass. Love it.

  74. RevOlutiOn


    Acum 26 Zile

    Back in the 80's everything had a turbo, even sewing machines.

  75. Jim E

    Jim E

    Acum 27 Zile

    So, the turbo axle was actually what today's nitrous users think they are getting in terms of additional HP.

  76. Z Wayne

    Z Wayne

    Acum 27 Zile

    yall are fking funny as hell XD

  77. Shane Banx

    Shane Banx

    Acum 27 Zile

    Peaceful purple James makes me want to riot in a mosh pit

  78. D Bree

    D Bree

    Acum 28 Zile

    you go first!

  79. Tomas Harris

    Tomas Harris

    Acum 28 Zile

    try strapping a cruse missile engine to the top of a piper cub. same thing. only different !!!!!

  80. Space Commando

    Space Commando

    Acum 28 Zile

    This clown is one of the most obnoxious people I've ever seen on the internet

  81. The party Potato pooper

    The party Potato pooper

    Acum 28 Zile

    so almost like a rotary?

  82. BlackCavalier52


    Acum 28 Zile

    "A record for rocket-powered go karts... who the fuck else would do that?"

  83. tasty scrib

    tasty scrib

    Acum 29 Zile

    I was expecting an axle driven supercharger sending air back to the engine. I guess it would have to have it's own gearbox, maybe a continuously variable setup that changed ratios to the demand of the engine, with a bypass for when you're off the throttle.

  84. James Hardeman

    James Hardeman

    Acum 29 Zile

    The Green Monster was a turbine powered dragster in the sixties.

  85. Apparently God

    Apparently God

    Acum 29 Zile

    And here I thought they were going to use the axle to drive a turbo's turbine. It's somehow crazier.

  86. Mrx1080


    Acum lună

    100% do the turbo axle!!

  87. Benjou Kazooie

    Benjou Kazooie

    Acum lună

    lol when u wrote turboo fasst for porsches development team it meant turbo almost, because fasst means almost. frickin genius

  88. Do Kim

    Do Kim

    Acum lună

    electric motor add-on for turbochargers means less turbo lag and possibly acting as a supercharger in the low rpms.

  89. Phoenix Quill

    Phoenix Quill

    Acum lună

    Not gonna lie, I need one.

  90. Marvin Martinez Rod

    Marvin Martinez Rod

    Acum lună

    I thought it would be a turbo that worked by the spinning of your axel😂

  91. Mike Duwe

    Mike Duwe

    Acum lună

    No joke, I bought a pair of those honeycomb Turbonique rocket engines for $20 off craigslist a few years ago!

  92. Tom Robards

    Tom Robards

    Acum lună

    Oops I spoke to soon that's the company I was talking about ... Sorry !

  93. Michael


    Acum lună

    I saw the cursor in the middle of the screen, editors 🤔😈

  94. Tom Robards

    Tom Robards

    Acum lună

    There was a California company I don't remember the name I've got one I'm laying around that was doing that way back in the sixties they did it under a Volkswagen beetle and it was a beast nothing new

  95. MrTo YouBoy

    MrTo YouBoy

    Acum lună

    Someone should tell this guy he's got some bumfluff stuck on his top lip

  96. It’s just a scratch

    It’s just a scratch

    Acum lună

    NASA I need to barrow a rocket

  97. R Sanchez

    R Sanchez

    Acum lună

    I should take this video and explain it in efficient and simple English.

  98. R Sanchez

    R Sanchez

    Acum lună

    At 6 minutes this guy still hasn't got to the point.

  99. Lyle Eimen

    Lyle Eimen

    Acum lună

    I have the 1962 Turbonique catalog!

  100. NeroKoso


    Acum lună

    Okay why did it fail?