Cheese-powered speed record

New speed record:

A team of Utah State University researchers have set a land speed record in their class with a dragster powered by cheese! The Aggie A-Salt Streamliner runs on yeast biodiesel derived from the industrial waste of cheese production. However despite its dairy-based origins, the hot rod performed impressively at the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association’s 2012 World of Speed event and broke the land speed record for one-liter engine vehicles.

Wow!   Looking at the guys racing suit and all the right gear, let alone the dragster, it had to be pretty impressive – what, 300 mph, 400?

During the speed trials, the Aggie vehicle clocked in at 65.344 miles per hour. While that may not sound that impressive, it is quite an achievement for a biofueled vehicle with a one-liter, two-cylinder engine.

He was in a racing suit for that?    By the way, aiku notes that it was a 5000 mice-power engine.

5 Responses to “Cheese-powered speed record”

  1. microdave October 3, 2012 at 17:04 Permalink

    “Cheese Powered” – I’ll bet it goes like stink….

  2. A K Haart October 3, 2012 at 17:04 Permalink

    Can’t see the angle here. Are they trying to show that biodiesel is no good?

  3. MadPiper October 3, 2012 at 21:17 Permalink

    How embarassing. My lowly .65 liter one lunger cruises faster than that. With a passenger.

    It looks to me like additinal proof that biodiesel is a failed energy source.

  4. James Higham October 3, 2012 at 21:32 Permalink

    I think it was meant as a serious article on how wonderful cheese engines are.

  5. Rossa October 4, 2012 at 06:47 Permalink

    And there’s Richard Noble on the BBC news last night, completing the testing of the rocket engine to do 1,000mph in the US in 2014. No mice were harmed in the testing of this engine!

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