Coffee-powered car owner Martin Bacon has just beaten the 65 mph record for cars of that class. The car achieved the feat with an audience including a Guinness World Records adjudicator and Bacon’s wife at Greater Manchester’s Woodford Airfield.
The 42-year-old achieved a speed of 65.536 mph to claim the record in a car that makes use of pellets of coffee chaff (waste from coffee production) which when heated in a gasifier break down into hydrogen and carbon monoxide which are in turn combusted to power the engine.
Bacon expressed his delight at their breaking the record for that range of cars, stating that it has taken years to make that “Coffee Car” although cars powered by gasification have been in wide usage before, such as in the period of World War Two. He also added that worldwide, there were more than 900,000 vehicles being driven by gasifiers with the inception of the 20th century.
The Co-Operative chose the car to mark 10 years of converting all their coffee to Fairtrade. Steve Murrells, Chief Executive of the organisation highlighted the importance of “the Bean Machine” breaking that record as including the publicizing of Fairtrade and how purchasing Fairtrade products can impact on families, producers and whole communities in developing nations.