Caffeine-boosted car sets speed record

Last updated 07:10 26/02/2013

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Here's a caffeine boost that offers a pick up boost of a different sort.

In Britain last week, Martin Bacon drove a specially-modified coffee-powered Ford ute called the "Bean Machine" to a world record speed of 104.6 kilometres per hour.

Bacon's coffee-powered speed mark has been recognised as a Guinness World Record for a coffee-powered vehicle.

The vehicle uses coffee chaff pellets which are the waste product from coffee production.

The record was set at the Woodford Airfield in Stockport and the vehicle has a charcoal fire on the back in which the pellets are heated. From that the gas is cooled and filtered with the resulting hydrogen then fed into the engine.

The utility is the third "coffee car" The Co-Operative has built.

Bacon told the Daily Mail that any car could run on gasification.

''In fact, during the Second World War, there were over 100,000 vehicles in the UK that ran on gasification, including cars, buses and delivery vehicles.

''At the beginning of the 20th century, there were over 900,000 vehicles running on gasifiers across the world.''

Watch a video clip of the world record-setting event below.

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