Gallery: Coffee-Powered Vehicle Sets Guinness Land Speed Record for Caf...


For some of us, it takes a couple of cups of coffee to wake up and hit the road. The Bean Machine, a coffee-powered pickup built by UK engineer and conservationist Martin Bacon, takes the notion of caffeine-based energy to a whole new level. Commissioned by The Co-operative Food to commemorate their 10th anniversary of converting all of their coffee to fair trade, the truck set a Guinness World Record for the highest speed ever attained by a java-powered vehicle, clocking in at 65mph.

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  1. Esteban January 20, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Ƭhanks very nice blog!

  2. stan e February 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    And exactly HOW fast did it go????

  3. spirituallyinsane February 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    The process of gasification produces hydrogen and carbon monoxide. This article indicates the hydrogen is burned. The carbon monoxide is also burned. It’s a very important part of the fuel for a vehicle like this. Once burned, it returns to harmless carbon dioxide.

  4. Simon Simpson February 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Jon Brooks What’s wrong with you people? They use waste coffee not beans. Put your brain in gear before you slag it off (and what have you ever done)

  5. Jon Brooks February 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Biomass conversion makes sense; coffee bean combustion is impractical for broad use, so why waste time to design and build it and beans to burn? This exemplifies frivolous allocation of resources in a world where many human beings starve every day. We ought to wake up and smell the intended pun. Anyway, this car went faster on coffee beans in September of 2011, I wonder in what dimension 65mph is greater than 66.5 mph…

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