How Fast Can A Poop-Powered Bus Go?

Is this bus company full of sh*t, or is this poop-powered vehicle the fastest bus around?

A vehicle that runs on cow manure has set a “land speed record” for buses, the BBC reported Wednesday.

The “Bus Hound,” which is powered by cow manure converted into fuel and normally functions as public bus around the English town of Reading, clocked in at 76.785 miles per hour doing a lap around a track. the BBC reported on Wednesday.

However, it’s unclear whether the speed of the Bus Hound – named after the British Bloodhound supersonic car – is actually a record.

Bus and Coach Buyer notes that there is “documented and anecdote evidence for much higher speeds” achieved by buses in the 1960s. Additionally Guinness World Records officials have stated that the Bus Hound’s speed cannot be marked down as a world unless its speed exceeds 150 miles per hour, Martin Gilbert, chief executive of Reading Buses – which operates the Bus Hound – told the BBC.

The Bus and Coach Buyer article, however, specifies that the record attempt was meant to reflect speeds for “a service bus.” The article also notes that the record was simply a “lighthearted event” meant to help spread the word about biomethane gas as fuel.

Even if it’s doesn’t hold a Guinness World Record, though, we think the Bus Hound and its snazzy cow print paint job is pretty cool.

Reading Buses operates a total 34 buses powered by the cow manure fuel, according to Bus and Coach Buyer. The cow droppings are converted into fuel through anaerobic digestion, which involves microorganisms breaking down the feces in an oxygen-free environment. According to the BBC, this produces biogas, which can then be liquefied and used as fuel.

The Bus Hound, by the way, is not to be confused —> Read More