O Car-Puccino -The Car-Puccino (also in english)

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O carro movido à café!
Um programa científico da BBC1-TV “Bang Goes the Theory” mostrará ainda em março o
A idéia é simples: café, madeira ou carvão, contém carbono – por isso queima. Na realidade, o sistema adotado no Car-puccino não passa de uma evolução do gasogênio, usado para manter em funcionamento os veículos durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Usando um velho Volkswagen Scirocco 1988 foi feito o teste.
Na estrada de Manchester a Londres 330 quilomêtros (210 milhas) consumindo cerca de 70 quilos de café torrado(4,8 km por quilo de café, o equivalente, a 34 cafés por quilómetro).
Se você fizer o cálculo dos preços, é mais caro em 50 vezes, do que se dirigir a gasolina.
Também tem que estacionar a cada 60 milhas para limpar os filtros de café …

Café? Como bebida funciona…como combustível…impossível este projeto.

A car that runs on coffee is unveiled today – but it certainly won’t take the grind out of commuting.
And at between 25 and 50 times the cost of running a car on petrol, the invention won’t please any motor industry bean-counters either.
Nicknamed the Car-puccino, it has been created using a converted 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco bought for £400 and chosen for its resemblance to the time-travelling DeLorean in the movie Back To The Future.
The car will be driven the 210 miles between Manchester and London powered only by roasted coffee granules.
It has been built by a team from the BBC1 science programme Bang Goes The Theory and will go on display at the Big Bang science fair in Manchester to show how fuels other than conventional petrol and diesel can power vehicles.
The team calculates the Carpuccino will do three miles per kilo of ground coffee – the equivalent of about 56 espressos per mile.
The journey will use about 70 kilos of ground coffee which, at supermarket prices of between £13 and £26 a kilo depending on brand and quality, will cost between £910 and £1,820, or between 25 and 50 times the £36 cost of petrol for the journey.
In total, the trip will use the equivalent of 11,760 espressos, and the team will have to take ‘coffee breaks’ roughly every 30 to 45 miles to pour in more granules.
They will also have to stop about every 60 miles to clean out the ‘coffee filters’ to rid them of the soot and tar which is also generated by the process.
So despite a top speed of 60mph, the many stops mean the going will be slow, with the journey taking around ten hours.
Sadly, the inventors will still have to pay duty on their coffee fuel – even though tax collectors at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Custom haven’t yet worked out how much.
Nick Watson, producer of Bang Goes The Theory, said: ‘Coffee, like wood or coal, has some carbon content so you can use it as a fuel.
‘The coffee needs to be very dry and in pellets to allow the air to move through the pile of coffee as it burns. The brand doesn’t matter.’