• Jun 1, 2010
Coke Zero and Mentos-powered car – Click above to watch the video after the break

You didn't seriously think that the whole Diet Coke and Mentos internet meme would die out with nary a whimper, did you? Of course not! The little bits of candy and sudsy concoction – in this case Coke Zero in lieu of run-of-the-mill Diet Coke – are back in action as a replacement for all those pesky fossil fuels.

Sadly, the economics of scale required to make Coke Zero and Mentos an actual substitute for gasoline and diesel make the newfound fuel unlikely to gain widespread acceptance. For what it's worth, it apparently takes 108 two-liter bottles of Coke Zero along with 648 Mentos to travel exactly 221 feet.

While you won't likely be filling up your own ride with the new wonder fuel, you can still enjoy the highly carbonated video after the break. As for whether you should bother trying this experiment at home... well, we'll leave that one up to you. But probably not.

[Source: YouTube via Fox News]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      And as long as they did not use a fossil fuel to produce the carbon dioxide in the carbonation. :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it would have gone further if they routed the expanding fluid/gas through a turbine, and driven the wheels mechanically.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It likely would, but while increasing the geekness to new heights, it would loose the rock-tech beauty and simplicity of this fart-a-coke-mobile.

        Let's save it for a youtube response video to the compressed-Air-car guys...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow! We need to spend a few $Billion to research this "green car" which may be able to get us off foreign oil and save the planet from warming, or cooling, or rotating, or whatever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think describing this as a "video" is a bit of a stretch. That said, just think, the Wright Brothers first flight was only 120 feet, and now we circle the globe in airplanes. This first test went almost twice as far. In a hundred years, this may be our primary method of transportation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's sound logic there. I love it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      not green. but I guess it pays the bills. bunch of sell outs : )

      don't drink so called diet drinks. has aspartame in it. formerly known as nutrasweet. banned for 3 years by the FDA because of minor sideeffects such as brain tumors and heart failure. it then got pushed through with a bit of help from his Reagan friends by the then ceo of the chemical company Donald Rumsfeld. yes the very same.
      a guy you can trust to tell you the truth...

      there's a documentary about it called sweet misery
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chris, read the discovery and approval section http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspartame
        some interesting and rather concerning reading.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Aspartame is the "generic" name, NutraSweet is the brand name for aspartame. It doesn't cause brain tumors or heart failure, you've confused it with cyclamates and sodium saccharin. It can be hazardous to people with a rare metabolic disorder relating to metabolizing phenylalanine, but those with that condition already are warned to avoid it.

        Moreover, not all diet sodas use NutraSweet, some use sucralose or other artificial sweeteners instead.

        Personally, I don't drink diet sodas, as I prefer the taste of real sugar to any of those artificial substitutes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is green... it only emits carbonated water.. not carbon dioxide :P

        BTW, aspartame is not *that* bad. A lot of people i know would be dead if it were. I think the US is far too cavalier about approving this sort of thing though.

        Still wise to avoid stuff like that though. see also: Olestra
        • 4 Years Ago
        niky, if you want to be stupid, be stupid. but you reap as you sow
        • 4 Years Ago
        You mean this section?

        Several European Union countries approved aspartame in the 1980s, with EU-wide approval in 1994. The European Commission Scientific Committee on Food reviewed subsequent safety studies and reaffirmed the approval in 2002. The European Food Safety Authority reported in 2006 that the previously established Acceptable Daily Intake was appropriate, after reviewing yet another set of studies.[21]

        Or this?

        Safety controversy
        Main article: Aspartame controversy

        The artificial sweetener aspartame has been the subject of several controversies and hoaxes since its initial approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1974.

        The aspartame=cancer meme has been around for a long time, and yet there has been no conclusive evidence brought out linking it to cancer... anywhere. The conspiracy-memes have just got to stop...
      • 4 Years Ago
      was that number of tags really necessary? lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        They tag that's missing is MentosGAYser
        • 4 Years Ago
        No kidding. I don't think the autoblog people really understand how Tags are supposed to be used.
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