Translogic has driven a lot of interesting vehicles over the past two years. Our sister site filmed some of the first seat time in a Chevrolet Volt, drove Local Motors' Rally Fighter, got behind the wheel of an electric DeLorean, turned in the first test drive of the Lightning GT supercar, tried out the YikeBike, and even found a wacky wood-powered car called the "Beaver." You'd think there wouldn't be anything more outrageous for those guys to find seat time in. Yet they've managed to find yet another crazy transportation project with an alternative power source to top them all: human waste.

While we've written about Geneco's Bio Bug before, this episode of Translogic features an actual road test, filmed onsite at the Wessex Water waste treatment plant in England. The plant produces biogas, a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide gas that's used to power this Volkswagen New Beetle. The conversion sounds pretty straightforward, and is similar to adapting a gasoline engine to run on propane.

Click past the jump to see the full episode.


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      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like we have... *puts on sunglasses* ...A stinky situation! YEEEEAAAAHHHH!!!!!
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      I could drive for miles and miles. But only after 6pm every day.
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do, if vegtable oil powered cars smell like french fries...
      TahsinZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Introducing, the 2012 Volkswagen POO Beetle.
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      How do they combat the stench? Do they fit the tailpipe with an air freshener?
        akos83
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Chris
        Digestion removes the bad odor. Bio-methane smells like regular methane.
      mustsvt
      • 2 Years Ago
      They picked the right car to be powered by crap.....
      hhelland
      • 2 Years Ago
      They ought to call it "the dung beetle". :-)
      Slartibartfast
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dung Beetle. First?!
        BipDBo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Slartibartfast
        Sounds like more fun than playing "punch buggy!"
        Sgt Beavis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Slartibartfast
        Damn, I wanted to say that... I'm glad to see that so many are on the same page.. (^_^)
      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's the Sh!t.
      Nowuries
      • 2 Years Ago
      I absolutely love this type of technology, and I wish our world would invest in this type of tech versus hybrid battery technologies and other resource-intensive, landfill-filling methods.... This car runs on POO!! While gross at first read, when you think about the positive societal benefits of a car that removes waste and utilizes it in a good way, this may not be the best method of transportation, but it shows we can figure out ways to reduce our footprint on this world... now if we could just develop a car that runs on burnt trash! Plus, this car opens up the pun possibilities wide open, like telling your neighbor that his car is a pile of sh*+, and it being true... or saying that your car runs like crap... and I wonder what you would call the tire marks left on the road after a high-performance poo-run car squeals away... LMFAO!
      banstaman
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car would be IDEAL for many people I know, being that they're so full of crap!
      Healthy Chap
      • 2 Years Ago
      Automotive scat.
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