Monday, April 28, 2008

Fast Fruit: Apple-derived bioethanol-powered Triumph hits 254km/h!

Would you believe this Triumph runs on apple juice...?!

Bike magazine’s ‘Project Fast Fruit,’ which entailed converting and running a high-performance motorcycle on bioethanol, is a success. A Triumph Daytona 675, running on bioethanol produced in a school chemistry lab, hit a top speed of 254km/h on the Bruntingthorpe proving ground.

While the bike used for the run was provided by Triumph, the biofuel was produced from apples – yes, apples – by A-level students from a school in Northamptonshire in the UK. The students crushed and fermented 6,000 apples to produce the fuel, while Bike magazine carried out the necessary technical modifications to allow the Triumph engine to run on apple juice. In fact, very few mods were needed – only the Daytona’s fuel-injection had to be remapped for apple-derived bioethanol…

‘We believe that achieving a speed of 254km/h sets a record for a production bike on home-brewed fuel. Although they are still questionable from an environmental point of view, biofuels are here to stay, and this experiment was all about exploring how much power we could extract from them, as well as having some fun,’ said Rupert Paul of Bike magazine.

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Some pics from the International Custom Bike Show 2008. See more picture galleries from the Show on London Bikers here and here
Pics: London Bikers

1 comment:

hardboiled said...

Where can I buy 6000 apples without a market trader thinking I'm taking the p**s.

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