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Car that runs on wine and cheese showcased at eco-rally
http://www.physorg.com ^ | August 23, 2011 | By Bryan Nelson

Posted on 08/24/2011 7:13:24 AM PDT by Red Badger

Imagine pulling up to a gas station, and rather than being offered the usual choice between regular or premium unleaded, the gas pump instead read "Chardonnay" or "Pinot Noir." Not for you, of course, but for your car!

Well, if one new experimental car, called the Lotus Exige 270E Tri-Fuel, ever catches on, this scenario may not be so far-fetched. The specialized Exige is capable of running on an ethanol fuel made from wine that isn't up to drinking grade, or whey, which is also a byproduct of the cheese or chocolate-making process. It was one of several new cars showcased last week at an eco-rally sponsored in part by the Prince of Wales' environmental initiative, Start, according to the Independent.

The car also can run on conventional gasoline (just in case you're out of fuel and still miles away from wine country), as well as methanol, a fuel that can be made by extracting CO2 directly from the atmosphere - potentially the ultimate carbon neutral fuel. The car is also capable of reaching 60 mph in less than four seconds, making it among the fastest road-legal cars in the world.

A few of the other cars featured at the eco-rally, which began in Oxford and finished at The Mall in central London, included the Lightning GT, an electric vehicle that can run 200 miles on a 10-minute charge, and the Biobug (also lovingly called the "Dung Beetle"), which runs on methane generated from human sewage.

"Vehicles that use fuels other than petrol or diesel are no longer concept cars of the future, but production cars of today," said Andy Dingley, a spokesman for Bridgestone U.K., which also sponsored the event. As the global recession continues, more and more people are looking at greener cars, he added.

Although wine and cheese may seem like alternative fuels better suited for those with a prince's salary, the concept cars nevertheless represent a growing diversity of choice available to car buyers of the future.

The Lotus Exige 270E Tri-Fuel is still in the research and development phase, so it isn't available for purchase yet, but you can see the vehicle in action in the following video:


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Technical
KEYWORDS: cheese; sourcetitlenoturl; wine

1 posted on 08/24/2011 7:13:25 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

what is the POINT?


2 posted on 08/24/2011 7:14:16 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: television is just wrong
Big deal. My body has been running very well on wine and cheese since I was 21 years old. Still going strong in my 60’s.
3 posted on 08/24/2011 7:17:44 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: Red Badger

Ohhhhh, how utterly ingenious! Brie and chardonnay? **spoken in my best elitist lockjaw**

*snort*


4 posted on 08/24/2011 7:19:10 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Mr. Weiner...Don' t Tweet your meat. It's too late to delete!)
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To: Red Badger

LOL....Alcohol fueled car eh??

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1320143/homer_duffless_alcohol_car/


5 posted on 08/24/2011 7:19:22 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Red Badger

When can you claim it as a Dependent?


6 posted on 08/24/2011 7:19:37 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: Red Badger

there’s a certain irony about driving a car that runs on wine...


7 posted on 08/24/2011 7:20:43 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Red Badger
Isn't the point to make energy cheaper?

Why not run a car on pure gold?

8 posted on 08/24/2011 7:21:21 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Red Badger

Yeah, but what the sulfites do to the engine?

And will your car have a good “nose” after using wine?


9 posted on 08/24/2011 7:22:07 AM PDT by barstoolblues (Notes from the Hobbitt hole. By Hezbollah Hobbitt.)
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To: Red Badger

Is this a scene from “Kelly’s Heroes”..?


10 posted on 08/24/2011 7:22:12 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: Red Badger

Yeah, but what the sulfites do to the engine?

And will your car have a good “nose” after using wine?


11 posted on 08/24/2011 7:22:22 AM PDT by barstoolblues (Notes from the Hobbitt hole. By Hezbollah Hobbitt.)
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To: dead

There you go interjecting facts into a pipe dream again.


12 posted on 08/24/2011 7:23:48 AM PDT by KOZ.
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To: Red Badger

I want a car that runs on Muslim outrage.


13 posted on 08/24/2011 7:25:07 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Red Badger

Soylent Green — it’s not just for breakfast anymore!


14 posted on 08/24/2011 7:25:11 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Red Badger

Holy crap, if you could brew ethanol without having to run it thru molecular sieves and it would run in a car, you’d have a very low cost fuel.


15 posted on 08/24/2011 7:26:38 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Obama/Biden '12: No hope and chump change.)
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To: Red Badger

They need a sponsor.

That’s alcohol abuse plain and simple.


16 posted on 08/24/2011 7:28:20 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Red Badger

I’m glad scientists and engineers are working on the important stuff these days.


17 posted on 08/24/2011 7:29:29 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Red Badger

Frogmobile


18 posted on 08/24/2011 7:30:15 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Why does so few (IA, NH, SC) decide so much?)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Headline: SUV runs over crowd, witnesses say it had just got tanked on cheap wine.


19 posted on 08/24/2011 7:31:03 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: Red Badger

Speaking of innovation, have you heard that POTUS itself runs on whine?


20 posted on 08/24/2011 7:33:41 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Tijeras_Slim

BWAAAAHHHAAAAHAAAA
I am so stealing that!


21 posted on 08/24/2011 7:39:24 AM PDT by spankalib
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To: mosaicwolf

It ain’t bragging if you can do it!


22 posted on 08/24/2011 7:39:46 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: mosaicwolf

waste of good wine and cheese, DRILL!


23 posted on 08/24/2011 8:12:16 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: dblshot

Gives a good excuse hwen oulled over for DUI.....”But officer, it was the car, you know that car, it dragged me to bar, you know we had an agreement that it would be the designated driver, but you know what, I think it was sneaking shots when I wasn’t looking.


24 posted on 08/24/2011 8:33:19 AM PDT by sniper63 (Ever wonder why they call themselves Hamas, but don't eat pork?)
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To: Red Badger

Yet another way to drive up the price of food for developed nations.


25 posted on 08/24/2011 8:48:57 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We need to fix things ourselves)
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To: Red Badger
The specialized Exige is capable of running on an ethanol fuel made from wine that isn't up to drinking grade...

Sure, *some* wine turns out that way unintentionally - but what's the plan here? Encourage everyone to "recycle" their corked or vinegar-tinged vino like used crankcase oil?

AFAIK, the only "non drinking grade" wine that is produced intentionally is that which is intended for the distillery and eventually, bottles of *brandy*.

Here's an idea: Try making alcohol fuels out of something that is cheap, plentiful, quickly renewable, and not part of our food supply. Quit wasting time on nonsense.

26 posted on 08/24/2011 8:49:40 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Red Badger

27 posted on 08/24/2011 8:51:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Red Badger

A ‘cheesey’ idea if ever there was one.


28 posted on 08/24/2011 9:20:27 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles.)
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To: reaganaut

Plonk ping!


29 posted on 08/24/2011 9:42:52 AM PDT by mrreaganaut (Learn something new every day around here...)
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To: mrreaganaut

So you can run your Thunderbird on Thunderbird? ;)


30 posted on 08/24/2011 12:57:51 PM PDT by kaktuskid
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To: mrreaganaut

So you can run your Thunderbird on Thunderbird? ;)


31 posted on 08/24/2011 12:58:04 PM PDT by kaktuskid
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