For obvious reasons, alcohol and high-powered sports cars are seldom discussed in the same breath. However, thanks to one prominent member of the Royal family, that is not the case today.
Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has revealed that his Aston Martin Volante is fuelled completely by surplus white wine. The Prince of Wales, celebrating his 70th birthday today, has explained that he requested engineers at Aston Martin to find a more environmentally-friendly way of running his Volante than the conventional fossil fuels commonly used. The result, a sports car running solely on one of the nation’s favourite alcoholic drink; wine!
After revealing the fuel change on a car he’s owned for almost five decades, Prince Charles explained his Aston Martin Volante now “runs better and is more powerful on that fuel than it is on petrol.” He also jokingly added, “It smells delicious as you’re driving along.”
The country’s future King is a strong advocate of sustainable fuels as an alternative to the commonly-used fossil fuels. The Prince of Wales was credited for overseeing the introduction of the Royal Family’s first all-electric car, the Jaguar I-Pace. Prince Charles also backed the move which now sees the Royal Train operate completely on cooking oil.
And, it seems he is not the only royal eager to travel in an eco-friendly manner. His youngest son, Prince Harry, married American actress, Meghan Markle, In the summer. With the nation eagerly waiting to find out what car the couple arrived in, we were shocked to see the unveiling of the electric Jaguar. The Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero made a real statement, with the Royal family showing the world that sustainability was at the forefront of their minds.
“Concept Zero combines the renowned E-type dynamic experience with enhanced performance through electrification,” said Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic.
“This unique combination creates a breathtaking driving sensation.
“Our aim with Concept Zero is to give classic Jaguars a sustainable future in changing environmental and economic conditions.”
Let us know what you think. Will it take more that these efforts from Harry and Charles to steer people away from gas-guzzling beauties?