There are so many puns I could make right now. But in all seriousness, a Brit by the name of Martin Bacon has made a Ford P100 pick-up (a Ford Sierra with a truck bed, for those who don’t know) the Guinness World Record holder for fastest coffee-powered vehicle.
The team has in fact built three coffee cars now, a Mk2 Volkswagen Scirocco and then a Rover SD1. The Ford pick-up is now the official record holder at 65.6 mph. No word on whether it was a dark or light roast in the tank at the time.
In fact, the coffee car runs on pellets that’s made from coffee waste, basically. It’s heated in a charcoal fire in the back of the Ford which converts the coffee into carbon monoxide and hydrogen, so the hydrogen can give the engine the buzz it needs to move the vehicle.
Bacon told the Daily Mail that more than 100,000 vehicles in the UK ran on a similar type of gasification during World War II. It’s impressive, no doubt, and Bacon said the technology can be applied to any vehicle, though I don’t know if I’d want a charcoal fire in the back of my car. But if you could use K-cups, that could make refueling easier.
More of the team, the car and the history is available on their website, CoffeeCar.org, and if you’re in the UK, you can catch the tour these guys are doing at a bunch of co-ops and healthy stores. Which could be nice if you frequent those places.