Coffee-powered car breaks
Guinness world speed record
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London, Sept 27 : A new
British-built car, which runs entirely on coffee beans, has broken the world
record for a car powered by organic waste.
By IBTimes staff Reporter :
The world speed record - for a car powered by organic waste - has been
broken... by a car that is fuelled completely by coffee beans.
Engineer Martin Bacon, along with the Teesdale Conservation Volunteers of
Durham, designed the old car with a "gasifier" and filters, which transforms
waste coffee particles into energy for the engine. The car was designed in
association with the BBC's popular show "Bang Goes the Theory
The car entered the Guinness Book of Records after traveling from London to
Manchester in March last year. No car, run by waste material, has ever
completed such a distance. Earlier this month, the car - a modified Rover
SD1 - managed to clock 66.5mph at the Elvington Race Track near York,
breaking the previous record of 47mph achieved by a team from the U.S, which
made a car powered by wood tablets.
"The coffee is heated up like charcoal and the combustion gases, which are
generally carbo di-oxide and water vapour, are reduced by hot carbon to
carbon monoxide and hydrogen. This is then filtered through a cyclone and a
rock wool filter, before being cooled down by a radiator," a report in the
Daily Mail said. Jem Stansfield, who anchors Bang Goes the Theory, was of
the opinion that the car was a genuine option to engines powered by fossil
"By the end, the gas is a lot cooler and cleaner and is piped through to the
engine. The coffee gas, the carbon monoxide and the hydrogen goes into the
cylinders and the explosion drives the engine," he asserted
The car is scheduled to go on show at Bang Live in Manchester, between Oct.
22 and Oct. 23.