This Is What You Can Get For Us For Christmas: Famous Plane On
Ebay, Now Sports Lyc O-720
It's one of the sexiest-looking airplanes of all time, and now
Kevin Eldredge's Nemesis NXT racer, "Relentless," could be yours
during the Reno Air Races. As of early Wednesday morning, the Ebay
auction had attracted 12 bidders and a high bid of $125,100, less
than the reserve. Kevin estimates the carbon fiber kitplane would
take over a half-million dollars to duplicate.
In his comments for the Ebay listing, Kevin explains that he
rebuilt this plane after an off-field landing, but has decided to
build a new one, and prepared Relentless for her new owner:
"Rather than replace the tweaked 540 Lycoming race motor I had
abused for so long I decided to install a Lycoming 720, normally
aspirated, totally stock engine. While this has taken about 50 mph
from the top speed of 415 mph I achieved last year, it has
delivered the smoothest most simple engine that I can imagine for
this airframe. Flat out it will still exceed 300 knots but pull it
back to 270 and you will cruise for hours at 16 gallons per hour or
less if you go up high...you will never land at an airport without
drawing a crowd!"
The plane will be available for inspection at the races in Reno,
but don't dally. The auction ends at 1700 PDT on Sunday.