Monday, May 25, 2015

Shit Powered Bus Stinks It's Way To Landspeed Record

The UK’s poop-powered bus is officially one fast son-of-a-bitch. As reported Friday by Ars Technica, the bus recently hit a top speed of 76.8 miles per hour at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire—a record for a regular service bus.

Sure must stink in that chase car...


“It was an impressive sight as it swept by on the track,” chief engineer John Bickerton told the BBC. “It sounded like a Vulcan bomber.”





The “Bus Hound” (name inspired by the British Bloodhound supersonic car) runs on biomethane produced by the anaerobic digestion of cow poo in a bioreactor. The methane is compressed, liquified and stored in a series of tanks fixed to the inside of the bus’s roof. Naturally, the bus is painted black and white to look like a Friesian cow.

Now, those of us who have any familiarity with the Speed movies have clearly seen faster buses. Even outside the realm of 90s action-flicks, to be recognized as a Guinness World Record, the bus would have to reach speeds of above 150 miles per hour, according to the BBC. But compared to its oil-eating counterparts, which typically max out around 56 miles per hour, the poo-bus isn’t looking too shabby. Despite sounding like the end of days.

The next step, of course, will be to race the Bus Hound against the UK’s human poop-powered bus, and learn once and for all whose shit packs more punch.

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