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VW Scirocco: Running on coffee

VW Scirocco

File this under wacky: this mod of a VW Scirocco is literally running on coffee. Please welcome the car-puccino!

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.