The One True Zombie Apocalypse Vehicle. Really.

Posted in Alt Fuels, Biofuel, Pop Culture by Dustin Driver | October 30th, 2012 | 3 Responses |

Ah, zombies. You’ve shambled into our psyches and captured our collective conscience like no other. Is it your chilling resemblance to our mindless consumerist culture? Or is it simply that we all want to brain each other with blunt objects? At any rate, we obviously want you to take over. When you do, we’ll be driving this. It’s the HEMTT A3 Diesel Electric by Oshkosh. It’s an armored, eight-wheel-drive beast that can run on diesel, biodiesel and even veggie oil. And it carries its own power station.  Read More…

The Power of Poop.

Posted in Best of, Biofuel, Bizarre, Engines, Fuel, Fuel Cell, General, Rants & Raves by MrAngry | November 14th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Poop Bike

It’s no surprise that you may think that toilets sell themselves. However dig a little deeper and you’ll realize that creating a great porcelain throne takes time, money and a great marketing budget. Japanese toilet maker Toto understands this and has recently come up with a pretty unconventional plan to get the word out about their newest products. You see there’s thinking outside the box, and then there’s thinking OUTSIDE the box, and in Toto’s case their box has three wheels and is powered by bio-fuel. Toto figures that by making this trike run on poop-powered bio-gas that they’ll not only raise awareness for renewable energy, but in the process, sell some fancy new toilet bowls. Company spokesman Kenji Fujita stated, “Although the seat of the bike is indeed a toilet, it is not for actual use.”

The fuel is produced by breaking down and fermenting a combination of household and livestock waste into a gas form, which is then stored in twin tanks on the back of the bike. Fujita also stated that, “At first when I saw the bike, I was taken aback. But after riding it, I found it quite interesting,” she said. “It doesn’t hurt at all and is actually quite comfortable to sit on.”

Hmm… interesting.


Natural Selection… IS AWESOME!

Posted in Biofuel, Bizarre, Compact Cars, Death Wish, EcoLust, Economy Cars, FAIL, Fuel-efficient, Funny by MrAngry | November 3rd, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

After pondering it for awhile, Meredith had finally come to grips with the realization that her new “extended range vehicle” may not be such a good idea after all.


Will Your Next Car Be Steam Powered?

Posted in Alt Fuels, auto industry, Biofuel, Car Tech, Engines, Environment, General, Newsworthy by Kurt Ernst | August 25th, 2010 | 5 Responses |

External combustion engines are nothing new, and there was a time when steam powered cars were as popular as gasoline powered cars. The convenience, low maintenance and superior performance of the internal combustion engines eventually killed steam powered vehicles. If Cyclone Power Technologies has their way, however, steam powered vehicles may be making a comeback.

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Automotive X Prize Testing: Ever See An Electric Car Hit Sixty In Under Four Seconds?

The initial track testing phase of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize vehicles has begun at Michigan International Speedway. This video, courtesy of Consumer Reports, gives a good overview of what the competition is all about. Unfortunately, there isn’t all that much footage of cars testing, but some things are clear: the Aptera may be fuel efficient, but it doesn’t handle worth a damn and the Tango (the extremely narrow orange car in the video) really can back its claim of a four second zero to sixty time.

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Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize Track Showdown Begins

Zap Alias

The Zap Alias, one of 32 vehicles in contention.

Sooner or later, any comparison between vehicles comes down to this: it doesn’t matter how good it looks on paper, you’ve got to back that up with performance on the race track. So it goes for competitors vying for Progressive Insurance’s Automotive X Prize, a massive promotional effort to highlight alternative fuel and green car technology. The payout for the winners is a shared purse of $10 million, plus the international notoriety that will come with grabbing the title. We’ve previously told you about teams such as RaceAbout Association and OptaMotive, but there are a total of 32 teams in the competition. Some, like Tata Motors, have the full backing of a parent with deep pockets. Others, like RaceAbout and OptaMotive are working on shoestring budgets.

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Smyth Performance G3F TDI: Go Green, Go Fast

Posted in Biofuel, Concept Cars, EcoLust, Fuel-efficient, Volkswagen by Dustin Driver | April 19th, 2010 | 4 Responses |

A rendering of the Smyth G3F: A shrunken Factory Five GTM

Last year Volkswagen got everybody jazzed up with its Bluesport mid-engine diesel concept. But who knows when we’ll see the little “green” convertible chugging along twisty mountain roads. In the meantime, you can always build your own. Mark Smith, founder of replica car manufacturer Factory Five Racing, is building a prototype mid-engine  coupe powered by a VW diesel mill. It’s called the Smyth Performance G3F TDI and Smith wants to release it as a kit in the near future. That means you’ll be able to build one in your garage using virtually any compact VW engine (VR6, anyone?). Smith obviously intends a TDI unit, which should get ridiculous gas milage in the lightweight frame. For more info, check out the Smith Performance G3F TDI page.

When Even A Prius Isn’t Eco-Friendly Enough

Posted in Alt Fuels, Biofuel, Bizarre, EcoLust, Environment, Funny, General by Kurt Ernst | April 7th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Jerry’s home built commuter car took eco-friendly to the next level. It discouraged tailgating, too.

Source: That Will Buff Out

New Amish Automobile Revealed!

Posted in Biofuel, Bizarre, General by MrAngry | March 1st, 2010 | 5 Responses |

Now tell me this thing doesn’t look like a futuristic Mini-van. Seriously, I could have totally seen Harrison Ford rocking this thing in the movie Blade Runner with a few child seats in the back. What we have here is a very interesting vehicle that has been designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to train Mr. Ed.

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Resto-Mod Mercedes is Pure Diesel Excitement

Posted in Alt Fuels, Biofuel, Bizarre, car modifications, Conversion Kits, Custom, Mechanics, Mercedes Benz, Newsworthy, Old Cars by Alex Kierstein | September 8th, 2009 | Leave a Reply |
<i>Looks almost stock!</i>

Looks almost stock!

Your neighbor’s candy apple red Tri-Five Chevy with a Corvette-derived smallblock might be a pretty sick way to update a tired, neglected jalopy, but not everyone wants to roll in such conspicuousness. And to be honest, as long as it’s a big-ass engine stuffed into an unlikely place, one really shouldn’t be picky. So if your tastes run more towards sleepers (or Q-ships, for you Bond aficionados), and especially if you have a thing for oil-burners, this Mercedes 190D might have your number. What it doesn’t have is it’s original mill, discarded by some mad-scientist types at Mercedes in favor of a modern OM651 diesel out of the current C-Class, good for 204 HP and 368 ft-lbs of torque. That’s torquier than a phalanx of tractors, so it’s no wonder it is swift. How swift? Make the jump to find out.

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