Limousines are cool. Jets are cooler. But what if you combine the two, how would that be? What would you call it? Wait, is it even possible to manufacture such a machine? Well, the majority of us can never imagine seeing such a machine but believe it or not, it is a reality now. An Illinois, U.S. based company called ‘ Jetseeter Inc. ‘ has combined the limousine and jet and has aptly named it Limo-Jet.
It was conceived as a crazy idea back in 2006 by two blokes named Dan Harris and Frank DeAngelo who for whatever reason felt that a jet would make a good chassis for a custom Limo. It took more than 10 years for the idea to turn into a reality. And the wait was worth waiting given the sheer personality, eye-catching design of the complete road legal limo, that would be on the To-Do list of many people who like to rent a Limo. Yes, you heard it right it is completely road legal.
We’ve seen a few cars become jet-powered monstrosities in our time, but never have we seen the conversion go the other way around. For the very first time, we’re looking at a jet aircraft that has been converted into a road-going vehicle. And to make things even more interesting the vehicle is none other than a Limo.
But how exactly did they pull it off? The duo took a jet plane, stripped it of its wings, jet engines on either sides and traditional interior and added a set of wheels, some lights, speakers and a V8 engine to make it a perfect party vehicle. The cabin that can seat more than 50 people at a go is packed to the gills with lights, speakers and screens.
Actually to say the Limo-Jet has a luxurious interior is a bit of an understatement. What used to be the private jet of some corporate bigwig has been converted into a party zone. One 42-inch Plasma Screen TV and several more LCD televisions dot the inner walls, while a 4,500-watt stereo system provides surround sound enjoyment.
The vehicle is driven by a single seated pilot with the bank of the screen to help maneuver and see behind this lengthy land-based luxury liner. Finished in a gorgeous red metallic color, the jet has its engine replaced by lights to give them a proper glow at night.
Speaking about the reason and motivation behind this project one of the creators of this beast, Frank DeAngelo said that:
“I was dumb enough at the time to say yeah, let’s do it.”
Limo-Jet has a genuine Learjet fuselage, which was purchased and given considerable attention to turn it into a car. With it being aluminum and not designed for continuous ground duty, numerous specialists were called in to help infuse steel reinforcement and a steel chassis with the aluminum body, which isn’t an easy task by any means.
Frank said each part of the machine was built one by one with extreme diligence and skill. Some of the parts of this gigantic machine took several months to be built. All in total, the project involved between 60 and 100 people to bring the Limo-Jet to life. It drove for the first time at KnowledgeFest in Dallas, and DeAngelo said it actually was quite good from behind the wheel. Power comes from a standard GM Vortec V8, and though it’s not a speed demon, it’s more than enough to keep the Limo-Jet hopping.
Limo-Jet stretches 42 feet, with the tail 11.6 feet in the air. Even with the aluminum fuselage, it tips the scales at a monumental 12,000 pounds and it has 28-inch wheels. Woah!
Frank said that the company is looking for sponsors to bring the Limo-Jet to special events. There’s also talk of building more now that they know the process better, with a range of powertrains available including electric power. DeAngelo doesn’t quote a specific number but the cost is definitely in the seven-figure range. Given the grandness of the machine, it’s definitely worth it.