Well, sort of…
Prince Charles is a tireless worker for the environment.
A few things to know about His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip (aka Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, CC, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland). He has always been a warrior and champion for the environment and enjoys collecting cars and wine.
Luxury cars fueled by wine and cheese?
Prince Charles turned his attention to his own gas-guzzling, wondering if there was a way to take a favorite car, his classic Aston Martin, and power it on biofuel rather than petrol. He met with Aston Martin and challenged them to reconfigure the car’s engine to run on an alternative bio-sourced fuel. His ask: Could this be managed with local English wine? After all, Jolly Old England is now a major player in the wine field (thank you Climate Change), growing white wine grapes and making serious sparkling wine.
Aston Martin engineers were, at first, skeptical.
Initially, although engineers had experimented with creating fuel from whey and alcohol, they urged Prince Charles not to attempt to switch the 40-year-old car to biofuel saying “Oh, it’ll ruin the whole thing,” according to The Telegraph.
I’m guessing, though, if you’re an Aston Martin engineer and HRH pops ’round to discuss converting his classic “baby” to run on biofuel with English white wine — you get to it!
The result? The engineers tinkered with the vehicle’s engine and ultimately modified it to purr down the highway on a fuel called E85. This is made up of a blend of 83% bioethanol from white wine (!), a bit of whey (cheese) and a small amount of petrol. An efficient, environmentally friendly luxury engine car is born.
Prince Charles attests that the car performs better than its premium gas-fueled counterpart. And the best part is, “Smells delicious as you’re driving along.”
Cheers to Prince Charles and his Booze Cruise!
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Contributor: Stacie Hunt, Certified Silver Pin Sommelier/AIS; Vice President National Association of Wine Retailers; International Wine Judge, Author, Spokesperson, and Educator.