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…Car-puccino runs entirely on coffee grounds?


It’s not pretty, but this 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco, nicknamed the “Car-puccino”, runs entirely on coffee grounds, and goes to show that with enough determination, you can get a car to run off of just about anything.

The car is more proof of concept than actual gas alternative, since it only gets about three miles out of a kilo of ground coffee (56 espressos per mile), but it will manage up to 60mph on the freeway, and is expected to take the makers from Manchester to London on a few tanks of beans. (Though the 210 mile trip will take the equivalent of 11,760 espressos…)

Car-puccino Detail

If they can get the science down though, Starbucks just might have a new means of bean transportation.

[Via: Daily Mail]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Project Sipster?

Project Sipster

A 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit doesn’t seem like a likely candidate for a Tuner Tuesday nomination, but when Top Gear gets their hands on it, the result is going to be anything but ordinary.

Thus, what you see here is Project Sipster, a car that they wanted to go 0-60 in just 7 seconds, get at least 70 mpg, and cost less than $7,000 to duplicate.

Project Sipster Engine

To reach those magic numbers, they yanked the engine out, replaced it with the diesel engine from a 2002 Jetta, and then tuned the engine, body and suspension for a more powerful yet more economical ride.

So did they pull it off?

You’ll just have to watch the video and see:

Who says saving the planet has to be expensive, difficult, and not fun?

[Top Gear – Project Sipster]

…Billy Gibbons likes balls?

VW Bus Ball

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top fame loves cars. His newest acquisition, the Bus Ball, is an artsy interpretation of a VW Microbus, a vehicle with no shortage of unique styling straight from the factory, though this time it’s dropped usability in favor of eye appealability. Though I would have loved to see this thing with some kind of motion involved, I guess it’s just going to have to stick with looking good standing still.

[Via: Autoblog]

…Hand shadows can sell cars?

Not only is this a very cool hand shadow puppet commercial, but it’s for the now defunct Volkswagen Phaeton, a simple fact that makes this even more enjoyable to watch.

[Via: Neatorama]

…Volkswagens are tough?

Job I wish I had: Volkswagen durability driver. These guys get paid to do rally style jumps in Volkswagen vans and speed bump smashes in Volkswagen beetles, and then they get to drive home in their unjumped and unsmashed cars afterwards. If anyone would like to pay me to jump and smash their car for them, my services are definitely for hire.

[Via: Jalopnik]