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Coke Zero and Mentos Can Power a Rocket Car

Coke Zero and Mentos Can Power a Rocket Car


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Did you know that dropping a Mentos into a Coke can make it explode? No? Well, this car utilizes 54 bottles of Coke Zero and 324 Mentos to fuel a "car" that can run for about 15 seconds. Messy, but amusing.

How it works: "Six-foot long rod sits inside a six-foot long tube attached to each bottle of Coke Zero. When the Mentos drop into the soda, the pressure tries to push the rod out of the tube. With 54 rods all pushing at once, that gives us a lot of power."

The energy is pushed against a wall that's attached to plywood under the car, thus pushing the car forward. According to the inventors, "We get one big push for six feet, and then it's all coasting from there."

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Sweet ride in Coke and Mentos-powered rocket car

Why wouldn't I want to power a car with what powers me?

You've surely seen the Diet Coke and Mentos rockets that have been all over the Interwubs for the last couple of years. For those who haven't, a pair of intrepid scienticians demonstrated that dropping Mentos mints into diet cola causes a chemical reaction that shoots the foamy concoction out of the coke bottles in a fountain-like manner.

The same pair, who've been making the rounds at Maker Faires and other DIY events, this week posted this video of a custom tricycle-type vehicle that works along the same principle. It uses a piston drive to harness the power of 108 two-liter bottles of Coke Zero and 648 Mentos to propel the vehicle more than 200 feet.

Sure, it's not the fastest ride in the world, but we think this is a video of a Wright Brothers-like moment in science. In the near future, we'll all be driving around in eco-friendly Coke Zero-powered vehicles, leaving nothing but clean, tasty sugar substitute as a byproduct.


Sweet ride in Coke and Mentos-powered rocket car

Why wouldn't I want to power a car with what powers me?

You've surely seen the Diet Coke and Mentos rockets that have been all over the Interwubs for the last couple of years. For those who haven't, a pair of intrepid scienticians demonstrated that dropping Mentos mints into diet cola causes a chemical reaction that shoots the foamy concoction out of the coke bottles in a fountain-like manner.

The same pair, who've been making the rounds at Maker Faires and other DIY events, this week posted this video of a custom tricycle-type vehicle that works along the same principle. It uses a piston drive to harness the power of 108 two-liter bottles of Coke Zero and 648 Mentos to propel the vehicle more than 200 feet.

Sure, it's not the fastest ride in the world, but we think this is a video of a Wright Brothers-like moment in science. In the near future, we'll all be driving around in eco-friendly Coke Zero-powered vehicles, leaving nothing but clean, tasty sugar substitute as a byproduct.


Sweet ride in Coke and Mentos-powered rocket car

Why wouldn't I want to power a car with what powers me?

You've surely seen the Diet Coke and Mentos rockets that have been all over the Interwubs for the last couple of years. For those who haven't, a pair of intrepid scienticians demonstrated that dropping Mentos mints into diet cola causes a chemical reaction that shoots the foamy concoction out of the coke bottles in a fountain-like manner.

The same pair, who've been making the rounds at Maker Faires and other DIY events, this week posted this video of a custom tricycle-type vehicle that works along the same principle. It uses a piston drive to harness the power of 108 two-liter bottles of Coke Zero and 648 Mentos to propel the vehicle more than 200 feet.

Sure, it's not the fastest ride in the world, but we think this is a video of a Wright Brothers-like moment in science. In the near future, we'll all be driving around in eco-friendly Coke Zero-powered vehicles, leaving nothing but clean, tasty sugar substitute as a byproduct.


Sweet ride in Coke and Mentos-powered rocket car

Why wouldn't I want to power a car with what powers me?

You've surely seen the Diet Coke and Mentos rockets that have been all over the Interwubs for the last couple of years. For those who haven't, a pair of intrepid scienticians demonstrated that dropping Mentos mints into diet cola causes a chemical reaction that shoots the foamy concoction out of the coke bottles in a fountain-like manner.

The same pair, who've been making the rounds at Maker Faires and other DIY events, this week posted this video of a custom tricycle-type vehicle that works along the same principle. It uses a piston drive to harness the power of 108 two-liter bottles of Coke Zero and 648 Mentos to propel the vehicle more than 200 feet.

Sure, it's not the fastest ride in the world, but we think this is a video of a Wright Brothers-like moment in science. In the near future, we'll all be driving around in eco-friendly Coke Zero-powered vehicles, leaving nothing but clean, tasty sugar substitute as a byproduct.


Sweet ride in Coke and Mentos-powered rocket car

Why wouldn't I want to power a car with what powers me?

You've surely seen the Diet Coke and Mentos rockets that have been all over the Interwubs for the last couple of years. For those who haven't, a pair of intrepid scienticians demonstrated that dropping Mentos mints into diet cola causes a chemical reaction that shoots the foamy concoction out of the coke bottles in a fountain-like manner.

The same pair, who've been making the rounds at Maker Faires and other DIY events, this week posted this video of a custom tricycle-type vehicle that works along the same principle. It uses a piston drive to harness the power of 108 two-liter bottles of Coke Zero and 648 Mentos to propel the vehicle more than 200 feet.

Sure, it's not the fastest ride in the world, but we think this is a video of a Wright Brothers-like moment in science. In the near future, we'll all be driving around in eco-friendly Coke Zero-powered vehicles, leaving nothing but clean, tasty sugar substitute as a byproduct.


Sweet ride in Coke and Mentos-powered rocket car

Why wouldn't I want to power a car with what powers me?

You've surely seen the Diet Coke and Mentos rockets that have been all over the Interwubs for the last couple of years. For those who haven't, a pair of intrepid scienticians demonstrated that dropping Mentos mints into diet cola causes a chemical reaction that shoots the foamy concoction out of the coke bottles in a fountain-like manner.

The same pair, who've been making the rounds at Maker Faires and other DIY events, this week posted this video of a custom tricycle-type vehicle that works along the same principle. It uses a piston drive to harness the power of 108 two-liter bottles of Coke Zero and 648 Mentos to propel the vehicle more than 200 feet.

Sure, it's not the fastest ride in the world, but we think this is a video of a Wright Brothers-like moment in science. In the near future, we'll all be driving around in eco-friendly Coke Zero-powered vehicles, leaving nothing but clean, tasty sugar substitute as a byproduct.


Sweet ride in Coke and Mentos-powered rocket car

Why wouldn't I want to power a car with what powers me?

You've surely seen the Diet Coke and Mentos rockets that have been all over the Interwubs for the last couple of years. For those who haven't, a pair of intrepid scienticians demonstrated that dropping Mentos mints into diet cola causes a chemical reaction that shoots the foamy concoction out of the coke bottles in a fountain-like manner.

The same pair, who've been making the rounds at Maker Faires and other DIY events, this week posted this video of a custom tricycle-type vehicle that works along the same principle. It uses a piston drive to harness the power of 108 two-liter bottles of Coke Zero and 648 Mentos to propel the vehicle more than 200 feet.

Sure, it's not the fastest ride in the world, but we think this is a video of a Wright Brothers-like moment in science. In the near future, we'll all be driving around in eco-friendly Coke Zero-powered vehicles, leaving nothing but clean, tasty sugar substitute as a byproduct.


Sweet ride in Coke and Mentos-powered rocket car

Why wouldn't I want to power a car with what powers me?

You've surely seen the Diet Coke and Mentos rockets that have been all over the Interwubs for the last couple of years. For those who haven't, a pair of intrepid scienticians demonstrated that dropping Mentos mints into diet cola causes a chemical reaction that shoots the foamy concoction out of the coke bottles in a fountain-like manner.

The same pair, who've been making the rounds at Maker Faires and other DIY events, this week posted this video of a custom tricycle-type vehicle that works along the same principle. It uses a piston drive to harness the power of 108 two-liter bottles of Coke Zero and 648 Mentos to propel the vehicle more than 200 feet.

Sure, it's not the fastest ride in the world, but we think this is a video of a Wright Brothers-like moment in science. In the near future, we'll all be driving around in eco-friendly Coke Zero-powered vehicles, leaving nothing but clean, tasty sugar substitute as a byproduct.


Sweet ride in Coke and Mentos-powered rocket car

Why wouldn't I want to power a car with what powers me?

You've surely seen the Diet Coke and Mentos rockets that have been all over the Interwubs for the last couple of years. For those who haven't, a pair of intrepid scienticians demonstrated that dropping Mentos mints into diet cola causes a chemical reaction that shoots the foamy concoction out of the coke bottles in a fountain-like manner.

The same pair, who've been making the rounds at Maker Faires and other DIY events, this week posted this video of a custom tricycle-type vehicle that works along the same principle. It uses a piston drive to harness the power of 108 two-liter bottles of Coke Zero and 648 Mentos to propel the vehicle more than 200 feet.

Sure, it's not the fastest ride in the world, but we think this is a video of a Wright Brothers-like moment in science. In the near future, we'll all be driving around in eco-friendly Coke Zero-powered vehicles, leaving nothing but clean, tasty sugar substitute as a byproduct.


Sweet ride in Coke and Mentos-powered rocket car

Why wouldn't I want to power a car with what powers me?

You've surely seen the Diet Coke and Mentos rockets that have been all over the Interwubs for the last couple of years. For those who haven't, a pair of intrepid scienticians demonstrated that dropping Mentos mints into diet cola causes a chemical reaction that shoots the foamy concoction out of the coke bottles in a fountain-like manner.

The same pair, who've been making the rounds at Maker Faires and other DIY events, this week posted this video of a custom tricycle-type vehicle that works along the same principle. It uses a piston drive to harness the power of 108 two-liter bottles of Coke Zero and 648 Mentos to propel the vehicle more than 200 feet.

Sure, it's not the fastest ride in the world, but we think this is a video of a Wright Brothers-like moment in science. In the near future, we'll all be driving around in eco-friendly Coke Zero-powered vehicles, leaving nothing but clean, tasty sugar substitute as a byproduct.


Watch the video: Cold coke zero and mentos (June 2022).