WTF Friday: Mountain Dew Is Magic Car Fuel?

August 7, 2009

Maybe you, like so many other budding inventors, have sought a way to replace expensive gasoline with something cheaper and more plentiful. Nail clippings. Unaired episodes of Guiding Light. Or soda--hey, it's only $1 a liter, right?

You've been outpaced. New Mexico entrepreneur and possible victim of delusion Paul Pantone says he's found a way to couple Mountain Dew soda with a fuel vaporizer to turn the liquid into car power. In his happy-go-lucky land, you'd be able to take his GEET (Global Environmental Energy Technology) Fuel Processor and stick it on any engine--gas, diesel, what have you--to cut emissions by 90 percent and triple fuel economy.

Resident skeptics at TCC are not so sure about the technology. But damn, gas stations already have Mountain Dew, dude! So there's no supply-chain disruption like with hydrogen. There is one catch, though. You have to start with a 25-percent mix of hydrocarbons, which could be a Ho-Ho from said gas station. Or it could be...gasoline.

It's the Fish Carburetor all over again, and no doubt PepsiCo has gotten in bed with Ford and GM to keep this baby from the market. Why couldn't they just call it "Sierra Mist" and let it die peacefully on its own?

[Gas2 via AutoMotto; click here and here for a deeper tech description if you dare]

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