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Home > Blog > Performance > The Coffee Car Blog
Kevin Butler

Kevin Butler

Auto Parts Network

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February 21st, 2013


The Coffee Car

No, Starbucks is not sponsoring a fleet of vehicles to bring you coffee throughout the day (although, maybe they should?). Coffee has been the go to for many morning pick-me-ups, so why not make use of the power of caffeine? With the use of The Co-operative Food’s own brand of coffee, Fairtrade, inventor Martin Bacon has been able to get a bean-powered vehicle to top off its speeds at 65.5 mph. Officials from Guinness World Records have noted that the caffeinated car now holds the speed record for the fastest car of this kind.

Also known as the “Bean Machine” the vehicle is powered by the waste product from coffee production. Carbon monoxide and hydrogen is created by heating that byproduct through a charcoal fire. “The gas is then cooled and filtered before hydrogen is combusted to drive the engine,” explains Bacon.

With a trend for more eco-friendly solutions to power vehicles, it’s no surprise that one of the world’s most profitable commodities is being tested as a potential fuel alternative. In fact, the Bean Machine’s emissions were tested and as it turns out, is one of the best eco engines on the market.

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