Coffee Powered Car Sets World Record

09.26

On the 14th of September, a modified British Leyland Rover SD1 set a new landspeed record of 66.5mph—fueled by coffee. Using the process of “gasification,” which involves heating an organic fuel with oxygen at more than 1292°F (700°C), the car topped the previous gasification record of 47mph (powered by woodchips).

The same process, and fuel, was used by this team last year to power a 210 mile journey from Manchester to London and averaged 1.4 miles per pound of coffee burned. While I think my coffee to miles biked ratio may be much more efficient, I’m not setting any land speed records in the process.

The video below explains the vehicle modification and gasification process, and you can watch the highly dramatized landspeed bid over on the BBC. Congrats to the team for their World Record! Enjoy.

More info at CoffeeCar.org

[via Gizmodo]

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