This is one radical looking trimaran, but we're still scratching our heads trying to figure out why its owner lipo-sucked his own fat to make biofuel for the 78-foot craft on his way to attempting to break a world speed record for circumnavigating the globe.
Oh, now we get it. It's a publicity stunt to popularize biofuels, and now it's gone beyond the prototype stage and it's ready to roar around the world. Pete Bethune, the captain of the sleek ship EarthRace, had enough fat taken out of his body to produce about 100ml of fuel, and two of his corpulent buddies have contributed some of their own personal lard, where the resulting 10 liters of fat will be enough to help the boat travel about seven miles.
But isn't the circumference of the world a bit more than 7 miles? Indeed it is, about 24,000 more miles will need to be navigated to make it all the way around. Bethune plans to use other biofuels (not made from human fat) to make the trip, in which he hopes to average around 29mph for 65 days in attempt to beat the current world record of 75 days. Never mind that fat publicity stunt, the real journey begins March 1st of next year. [Daily Mail]