Fastest Boat Powered By Human Fat. Is It Ecological?

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on December 19, 2007

This may be the fastest boat ever built—the Earthrace—and it’s powered by fat.


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Peter Bethune, a New Zealander, will take it out on March 1—using some of his own fat harvested through liposuction—and try and break the world’s record for powerboating around the world.

Here are the stats: “Earthrace is a 78 foot alternative fuel powered wave-piercing trimaran, it can carry 3,000 gallons of fuel, and weighs 23 tonnes when fully fueled…”

It is also deadly gorgeous, with a Darth Vader kind of aesthetic.

There are times when innovation just leaves you speechless. This is one of them for me.

Reader Comments

dustin

May 27, 2008 12:04 AM

boat looks badass but you need more pictures like an all around tour.

dtran

May 29, 2008 1:25 AM

you gotta give it a paint joB
PITCH BLACK WITH NEON GREEN STRIPE AT THE sidE!

fuopasdfg

May 29, 2008 4:26 PM

i agree!! more pics man!!

Brent

June 4, 2008 3:36 PM

Where's the specs diggidy dog

nathan

June 4, 2008 6:55 PM

that is a babass boat i well give you 14 million for it

smk kal-2

June 11, 2008 1:31 PM

wow...! from surabaya,indonesia

vince

July 8, 2008 3:28 AM

that's great!

deserving for a world record....

i like it.

josh

July 18, 2008 6:29 PM

nice boat dude

Tana

July 21, 2008 5:18 AM

that is so amazing that it runs on something i bet they have thrown millions of gallons of away. And since i live in home of most the fatties.... i really think this man has found a cure for the oil issue.... it is 4.05 a gallon right now, fat could be free for half the people i know.... and cant they clone fat cells??? that would be a neverending fuel supply. wow?

john

August 5, 2008 1:52 AM

It runs on human fat. No matter how cool it looks... it runs on human fat.

K@RND

August 5, 2008 4:15 PM

that thing is scary!!

remy

September 7, 2008 4:06 PM

That boat is amazing - and doesnt need a paint job, the metal looks space age just like the boat. WOW!

liam

September 30, 2008 11:27 AM

it is realy cool.

Francis

October 7, 2008 10:05 AM

wow! it's very cool!!! how i wish i can have one.

Mr.Muffinman

October 11, 2008 1:35 AM

wow,nice boat,Get more pics!!!!!!! like inside

cheeki monki 08

October 21, 2008 8:14 PM

WOW WOW WOW

I CAN'T BELIVE THIS BOAT RUNS ON HUMAN FAT AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BUT HOW DO THEY GET HUMAN FAT INTO IT ???????????????????????????
ANYWAY I'M AN ECO MANIAC AND I THINK THAT THIS BOAT COULD BE A FANTASTIC SOLUTION TO THE FUEL PROMLEMS !!!
THANX XXX

poo lover

November 10, 2008 4:08 AM

its looks like poo i wish u guys could poo all over it

david

November 11, 2008 9:00 PM

RUNS ON FAT??? THATS NASTY MAN

Darth Vader

November 12, 2008 5:38 PM

(Star Wars Theme)

(Inhale) (Exhale)...(Inhale) (Exhale)

"The force is strong with this one."

P DAVE

November 19, 2008 1:30 PM

VERY CHANRMING & IT IS VERY BUETY FOR 2008

JooLeeAhh

December 1, 2008 7:04 PM

EFFIN' SWEEEET! I WANT ONE FOR CHRISTMAS! Human fat though, eh? That's some intense exercising. "Are you overweight? Let this extreme boat help get rid of your love handles today!" LOL!

gghfg

December 2, 2008 10:00 PM

yea i need to lose the fat so can u let me borrow the boat for a while. Also my friend paint it give it some life for crying out loud. my other friend fight in it Mother Ship OF Mother Ships.


FRom the demon angel peace

A Fat Person

December 3, 2008 2:09 PM

I am concerned with the creation of this boat.

Bill

December 15, 2008 3:22 AM

This boat is going to be a massive hit in the USA. I'm pretty sure they have the largest supply of fat in the world.

keep eating donuts America, you may just save the planet yet.

boatlover101

December 17, 2008 2:23 AM

That is one kick ass boat. I love fast boats. But human fat, c'mon. That's just messed up. I wonder what it does to the fuel tank with fat sitting in there. Eeewww.

boatlover102

December 22, 2008 3:11 PM

that's a stupid boat. it's ugly and it probably smells bad. you need a new hobby because obviously building boats isn't for you. Maybe you can do something like collect rocks. becasuse judging by that picture that's about all you're probably good at doing......sorry if you thought it was a nice boat........................your friend, the only opinion that matters

sita Tanjanapan

December 28, 2008 11:49 AM

so good

serkan

December 28, 2008 11:52 AM

wooow how many people get on the boat ?? :)))

Christian

January 31, 2009 5:06 AM

woah... flippin sweet. that boat kicks butt dude. i actually like the figure you made on it. its spaceage. but seriously if you market this idea of stuff running off of fat we could save the Earth and crap. this idea is revolutionary and probably deserves a nobel peace prize or something like that... not some stupid record. good luck man and Star Wars Sucks

wat a gay boat

January 31, 2009 10:41 AM

man that boat would bee slower then my granny

anna verdon

February 2, 2009 5:43 PM

I wish i have one too/////////////

Slickmelon

February 4, 2009 7:19 AM

I'd love to donate fuel; where do I sign up?

bob the evil monkey

February 6, 2009 5:34 PM

try making a boat that runs on fruit or something next time

min gu

February 7, 2009 1:18 PM

so cool cool cool cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hopsan

February 10, 2009 11:54 PM

it's very nice boat and it seems to me it looks like the F16 ..wish to have one

AKAKAKAKAKAKAKAKAK

February 18, 2009 5:24 AM

this boat is the of course the most nicest looking boat that runs on fat. I wonder if you just cut you stomach off and just take the fat off it and shove it into the fat tank

elisa

February 19, 2009 12:59 AM

haha! that's so cool i wonder where they get the fat from.mabe from lipo suregeons?? it look cool too.

Yoda

February 19, 2009 10:26 PM

Part of the future this may be!

Birdie Boy

February 19, 2009 10:28 PM

next time make a jet or something

jp

February 23, 2009 2:49 PM

BS!

Fred

February 24, 2009 4:27 PM

you could of told us its mph and a all round tour also you could of expanded your explanation !!! but anway cool baot u looky bitch!

BRAD

March 5, 2009 10:03 AM

Dont listen to all these negative comments...good on you fellas . Amazing design and anything that lets me gorge donuts , keep in shape and cruise the world has got my vote.

allan

March 6, 2009 6:44 PM

im 16 and ben rasd on a boats all my life and never c,n sumting so sexy.

i giv it a 10!!

james the fatty(graule)

April 3, 2009 9:16 AM

great boat man! radicool! i could eat it!+ i have some fat u could have! YEAAAAAAA!!!noob

This guy

May 6, 2009 9:45 PM

HOLY CRAP!
fat?
LOL
i love the trimaran design
it looks very hydrodynamic...in a good way
It has pointless little add ons such as the curved connectors and the weird looking "ears"
THAT IS BAD DRAG in the air
But if you want to pierce waves the ears are ok but the connectors...are useless...

jimmy

May 8, 2009 7:15 PM

We Build custom Docks and Lifts.
It would be interesting speaking with the builder.
Thanks, Capt. Any Gross tons

Josh

May 12, 2009 10:48 PM

ummm how fast is it?

Jimnenez

May 29, 2009 6:37 PM

wow that is a huge boat !!!!

austin

June 15, 2009 4:53 AM

that kid is right i think it should be blck but not with the green stripe on the side a red stripe on the side it would look really cool but i wonder who owns this boat

oogalie

June 26, 2009 2:55 PM

definitely form over function. oogalie.

Javiero

July 7, 2009 4:06 AM

Hey this is from a boat from Mad Max movie?? Just perfect!!

How much is the cost?

leo

July 8, 2009 8:04 AM

this boat looks so good

leo

July 8, 2009 8:04 AM

this boat looks so good

PaulC

August 27, 2009 9:59 PM

That guy must be pretty darn fat!! lol

Amelia

September 16, 2009 9:51 AM

Wow...that boat is superb!! yeah, good question, how fast is it??

kyle

October 11, 2009 4:39 AM

what the heck fat?

Aaron Puta

October 15, 2009 8:55 PM

HOLY COW!!!

Observer

October 19, 2009 4:21 PM

Ugly as hell! Looks like something a 5 year old would draw.

Becky

December 7, 2009 3:29 PM

Considering all of the ridiculous comments left - I think that someone must have left the computers on in a 3rd grade classroom somewhere...

tylynn

January 6, 2010 3:34 PM

wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chirag Kansoda

June 22, 2010 3:01 AM

Wow!! This boat is looks like a spider... I like it!! :-)

Fhdjj

October 3, 2010 11:19 PM

FuDu boat a. Fudu look a. Fudu people a jehre kehnde paye a ki fat te chaldi a. Uper likhea changi tarah paro.

joe

October 25, 2010 6:46 PM

R.I.P. Earthrace/ady gil
damn japanese whalers.

oh, and it didnt just run on fat, it ran on bio fuel, and/or deisal. the human fat was just a publicity stunt. though id have to agree that some of my fellow americans wouldnt suffer from using fat for it too much.

imraan

November 1, 2010 3:38 PM

it looks like a huge plane cool

William

December 1, 2010 8:22 AM

How many miles per person does it do? Where do you fill up? Is this the end of cremation? Awesome concept!

muzaffar

January 11, 2011 6:19 AM

Great !!!


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