Coffee-powered car in speed bid


A car modified to be powered on coffee grounds has been involved in an attempt on a speed record for vehicles run on gas from organic waste.

Engineer Martin Bacon from County Durham equipped the car with a gasifier which burns organic material at high temperature. This produces combustible gases which, after cleaning and cooling, are used to fuel an adapted combustion engine.

The coffee-powered car was based on a design developed in co-operation with BBC TV's Bang Goes The Theory broadcast on Mondays at 19:30. The car will be on show at Bang Live in Manchester on 22 - 23 October.

Find out more: How the coffee powered car works

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