Thursday, 11 Mar, 2010 Offbeat

Coffee-Powered Car Created by BBC Researchers


The Carpuccino is an experimental vehicle that is powered by coffee. It would be worth mentioning that the 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco was transformed into a coffee-powered vehicle for the Big Bang Science Fair, a traveling show made for children. The show starts in Manchester, England today, March 11, 2010.

The car was created by the BBC1 team of Bang Goes The Theory, a show developed for kids aged between 8 and 14.

In order to travel 210 miles from London to Manchester, the car will require about 155 pounds of coffee, which is almost equal to 11,760 espressos. In addition, the fuel tank cannot hold 155 pounds of coffee which is why researchers will have to refuel every 30 to 45 minutes. Besides, coffee filters will need to be changed every 60 miles, informs The Daily Mail.

It is worth mentioning that just pouring coffee grinds into the machine's tank won't work - the system is more complicated. The car has a special fuel system that transforms the grinds into power source for the car. The grinds are poured into a gas cylinder and then heated in a charcoal fire. During this whole process the coffee parts into hydrogen and carbon monoxide and is then piped into the vehicle's roof-top radiator. In the radiator the gases are cooled and passed on to the dual-filtering system used to avoid tar and solids from going into the engine.

If all estimations are correct, the Carpuccino will get to Manchester in about 10 hours.

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