You read the title right, we're talking about the Mercury Beaver XR-7. No, Mercury never officially built a car called the beaver. This is the brainchild of upstate New Yorker Chip Beam, who owns and operates Beaver Energy, LLC. It runs on gases created by wood pellets fermented in a 2,400-degree furnace and fed to a supercharged Ford 4.6-liter V8.

By all accounts, it gets down the road just fine, and has pretty close to full power. The best part is, you can grow the fuel yourself and avoid patronizing big oil, if that's your thing. The only drawback that we can see to the Mercury Beaver XR-7 is the PVC pipe jungle occupying the space that would be the trunk under normal circumstances.

Still, if you're willing to smell like a mountain man and look like a bad Back to the Future knockoff, this ride is right up your alley. Click past the jump to see Translogic's take on this modified Merc.



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      Blackstar
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can just see the ads now.... "You know you've arrived, when you come in a Beaver."
        Dan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Blackstar
        "Nice Beaver!" "Thanks, I just had it waxed."
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its a cool mod - a novelty - but its not practical for pretty much anyone that doesn't live in a similar rural/farm environment like that guy in the video. I actually give the guy a lot of props for getting this to work, but I also fear how some folks that see videos like this immediately jump to the crazy conclusion that "OMG we've solved our energy problems!" Oh, and like as mentioned already, this isn't fermentation, its distillation or gasification, I believe.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      fly by wireless
      • 3 Years Ago
      My gut reaction is to conjure up visions of the Delorean, seeing that tube coming from the fender up the greenhouse of the car... And that thing in the back. A flux capacitor can't be far behind assuming it's hidden under the seat where the gas tank was. I want to be the first to see the fireworks when it reach 88mph.
      jwswingle
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, again, you guys need an editor and proof reader. NOTHING would ferment at 2400 degrees. Maybe they are capturing the gases that come OFF the wood at that temp-they would be volatiles. But NOT fermenting, no organism survives at that temp, the proteins of most solidify (cook) at around 140 Fahrenheit.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        drolds1
        • 3 Years Ago
        Typical ignorant remark.
        amerifight
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why are your comments so retarded?
        Krazeecain
        • 3 Years Ago
        Any car would do that with that thing hanging off the back. Try doing that with a caprice... same thing. This dude just needs to install stiffer springs.
        Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        The front end of an Oldsmobile I had fell apart when I hit a bump at 55 going down the highway; front passenger side dropped down onto the wheel and crushed the tire. Car wasn't even 10 years old and had less than 100,000 miles on it. Mechanic said the front end appeared to have just buckled from the force and there was really no visible reason why it should have happend. My current pontiac has less than 60,000 miles and is just over five years old. The rear struts are going bad and and i've had to replace a front swing arm. I will never again buy a GM vehicle. I've owned two Ford trucks and never had anything close to these problems. I feel like a complete moron for not learning my lesson with the first GM product.
      black republican
      • 3 Years Ago
      My Mom's 3rd car was a 89' Burgundy Cougar LS with a V8. Her second car was a 93' Skyblue Cougar XR7 with a V6 I WRECKED HER SECOND CAR by ACCIDENT when I was in College on date night. Last year, I made it up to her by buying her a loaded V6 Cadillac STS. Now, it's funny when I see XR7's on the road and remember all the fun I had in em. Just a story I wanted to share.
      murciered
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bradley...You're wearing girl jeans.
      Nowuries
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome! Wish I could get the plans for this bad boy... beats the hell out of battery powered cars, and I would still take that beaver over a freakin' ugly Prius... the seats at least look comfy!
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wood has 8 times more carbon output than gasoline when burned; that's why we stopped using it long ago.. well, and conservation. So um, yeah, cheap fuel, but ....
      Skicat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chip Beam: "I've always been pretty independent." Yeah, except you had to have a giant, multinational corporation design, engineer and manufacture an entire vehicle for you to hang your wingnut invention on.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        TruthHertz
        • 3 Years Ago
        Are you really that retarded? And is your shift key still broken?
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