A picnic in the Italian countryside in your classic Fiat 500 or ______.
Just fill in the blank and your picnic basket with salumi, salame and a crusty loaf of bread. My choice would be a rustic Tuscan pane and a selection of Italian cold cuts like mortadella, capicola and finocchiona (if I could get it). Finoccchiona is a salame from Florence and the Chianti region made from finely ground pork, flavored with black peppercorns, garlic, wine and fennel seeds. Traditionally wild fennel is used and gives this salame the aroma of the Tuscan countryside. Add a few bruschetta toppings, a selection of mostarda, some fruit and formaggi (a truffled pecorino would be very nice). For dessert, a melon with prosciutto and some biscotti to dip into my flask of Vin Santo.
Although the Italians have managed to equip a Fiat 500 L hatchback with an espresso maker they haven’t managed to design a car fueled by espresso. Leave that to British engineer Martin Bacon using a process known as gasification. By introducing a controlled amount of oxygen (or steam) to coffee beans (or any organic, carbon-based material) and by increasing the temperature to above 700C (1292F), a fuel called syngas (synthetic gas) is produced and can be burned using a normal internal combustion engine or fuel cells to power a car.
The “coffee car”, brewed up by Bacon and created by the Teesdale Conservation Volunteers of Durham, England, is a modified British Leyland Rover SD1 appropriately painted mat black. It set a new land speed record for cars fueled by coffee.
Given the rising cost of gasoline, using renewable green energy to power cars is always on the drawing board. A previous American version, fueled by wood pellets achieved 47mph. The Leyland Rover SD1 averaged no less than 77.5mph with a Guinness World Record noted for the achievement.