Cheese car goes off at world record pace

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By KARLA PIN­COTT

A CAR us­ing fuel made from cheese waste has set a land­speed record in the US.

Built by Utah State Univer­sity students, the Ag­gie A-Salt Stream­liner runs on a bio­fuel they pro­duced by com­bin­ing the cheese­mak­ing waste with yeast, and pro­cess­ing the re­sult into a biodiesel.

The stu­dent team en­tered the car at the World of Speed held on Bon­neville Salt Flats and set a land speed record of 64.4mph (103km/h) — for the diesel 1.0-litre two-cylin­der ve­hi­cle class.

It is the first time the class record has been bro­ken by a car fu­elled en­tirely by biodiesel, rather than mixed with nor­mal diesel.

It is prob­a­bly also the first time the famed Bon­neville speed-bid mecca has seen a dairy-de­rived en­trant among the highly spe­cialised ve­hi­cles that roll up to joust the clock.

Bio­chem­istry Pro­fes­sor Lance Seefeldt told the univer­sity’s stu­dent news­pa­per, The States­man, that the car at­tracted non-stop at­ten­tion on the salt flats.

‘‘Our car had a con­stant crowd around it,’’ he said.

‘‘I didn’t see any other car that had.’’

The cheese-de­rived fuel was one of three the stu­dent group de­vel­oped in Prof Seefeldt’s lab, the other two be­ing based on bac­te­ria and al­gae the lat­ter planned to be used in next year’s Bon­neville event. ‘‘Our goal right now is just to go faster,’’ Prof Seefeldt said. ‘‘We want to push the en­ve­lope and break 100mph (160km/h).’’

How­ever, he said while the team built the car on a shoe­string, they had a strong fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing the project into a bio­fuel with com­mer­cial po­ten­tial, to help re­duce the US de­pen­dence on for­eign oil.

‘‘We dis­cov­ered the fuel be­haved beau­ti­fully,’’ Prof Seefeldt said. ‘‘There re­ally are su­pe­rior fu­els that are as good as fuel that you would get at the pump.

‘‘The emis­sions are so much cleaner than reg­u­lar diesel fuel,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s just re­ally im­pres­sive.’’

The cheese-pow­ered car that set a land-speed record

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