The Guvernator says: “Pimp my ride!”

impala.jpgSo it’s Friday night and I’m surfing through the channels, and I come on the image of Guvernator Schwarzenegger, standing in the GAS garage with a with a crew of tough-looking dudes. And he’s talking about . . . sustainable transportation“Pimp my ride” sounds kind of weird in an Austrian accent, but the guys seemed willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

The mission: Kristoffer’s gas-guzzling 1965 Chevy Impala “uper Sport” (the S fell off and, as Kristoffer says, “There’s nothin’ super or sporty about it.  The only sport I get out is pushing it around”), off-blue, 3 out of 4 hub caps present, cracked transmission, etc.  Kristoffer inherited the ride from his brother who was killed by a drunk driver, and sentimental value appears to be the only reason Kristoffer is still hanging on to the piece of . . .”history”. 

schwarzenegger.jpgThey gave the Impala the full-on treatment.  Overhauled body, slick red paint job, carpet made out of recycled soda bottles. Changed out the beat upholstery, and replaced it with new seats stuffed with hemp — the boys got in some trouble about this with the Guv (“I signed a law against that!”).

But the centerpiece, of course, was the 6.6-liter duramax engine (whatever that is) that runs on, yes, 100% biodiesel.  And it does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.  They took the new-and-improved Impala out to the strip and drag-raced her against a Lamborghini and won — on biodiesel! Yeah, so it smells like french fries, so what?

Along the way we get some schoolin’, MTV style, about where the fuel comes from (can you say “trans-ester-i-fi-cation”?), and its advantages over fossil fuel.  Kristoffer was pretty pumped.  In fact he got a bit choked up, imagining what his late brother would think about it.

And Kristoffer’s Impala is not the only race car out there running sustainable fuels — watch out Nascar! 

About Emmett Duffy

I am a Natural Patriot and an ecologist with expertise in biodiversity and its importance to human society. My day job is Professor of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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4 Responses to The Guvernator says: “Pimp my ride!”

  1. Daniel Moricz says:

    This is KING.

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  3. Very good article, the impala up top is pretty sweet.

  4. I wouldn’t mind driving that car around!