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No one other than the popular comedian show host Jay Leno could envision and follow through in helping with the design of the 2006 Cadillac EcoJet Concept car. The late-night talk show host invited the General Motors Advanced Design Studio help design a mid-engine, turbine-powered supercar which was called The EcoJet.

The car's conception goes back to a discussion between Leno, an avid car enthusiast and collector, and Bernard Juchli, the chief mechanic and caretaker of Leno's personal car collection. Leno then turned to Ed Welburn, GM vice president of Global Design, for design direction.

Borrowing design cues from jet aircraft and Formula One race cars, the supercar began to take shape under the watchful eyes of Leno and Welburn. The 650-horsepower (400 lb-ft of torque) is powered by a Honeywell LT-101 turbine engine that runs on bio-diesel fuel. The engine sits in a modified Corvette Z06 hydroformed aluminum frame with aluminum and magnesium structural and chassis components. The vehicle's shell is an advanced construction of carbon fiber over Kevlar. A concurrent engineering program defined the vehicle's proportions and mechanics. It was Leno and Welburn who actually introduced the car to the public.

Resource: rsportscars.com
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