So 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”.
They 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!