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Published on January 8th, 2009 | by Jo Borrás

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Build Your Own "Mr. Fusion" and Power Your Car With Trash. Now, Where Did I Put That Flux Capacitor?


If you spent any time as a child in the 80′s, you probably spent a more than a few afternoons longing for your own flying DeLorean, hover-board, and Marty McFly Nikes.

Unfortunately, you still can’t have any of those things (although the Nikes did appear on eBay, briefly, and sold for $1300 US), but maybe you can have something better:  a real, honest-to-goodness Mr. Fusion!

The “Mr. Fusion” reactor mounted to the back of Back to the Future’s famous DeLorean hovercar produced the car’s fuel by extracting chemical energy from common household garbage.  While the 1985 movie version of Mr. Fusion put out enough power to juice the good Doctor Brown’s flux capacitor all the way to the year 2015, the 2008 version will probably only get a few miles down the road.

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That said, the latest generation of bio-fuel generating “gasifiers” is being highlighted over at the DIY site Instructables, which features a working unit installed in a late-80′s Honda Accord.

Despite NOT producing the 1.21 gigawatts of power needed to take you back to the days of Max Headroom and fresh episodes of the Golden Girls,  these gasifiers have a huge advantage over the fictional movie version being, you know – REAL!

Watch this video to see their modified Honda Accord in action:

The instructables site has directions on how to build the gasifier yourself. If you can find a link to a commercially available, plug-and-play unit, be sure to post that in the comments.

Image Credit: ffg’s photostream under a creative commons license.


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I've been involved in motorsports and tuning since 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the Important Media network. You can find me on Twitter, Skype (jo.borras) or Google+.



  • Matt

    It’s JIGGAWATTS.

  • Matt

    It’s JIGGAWATTS.

  • M0b1u5

    Mr. Jo Borras. You clearly know your crappy 80′s SF movies, but you don’t appear to be able to **read**.

    The item in question is conspicuously labelled “Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor”. It’s the two words “Fusion” and “Reactor” which tell you there is no “extraction of chemical energy.” That would be ridiculous. Chemical energy is what burning gas is; chemical combustion.

    If you could burn a banana skin, a soda can and the flat remnants of soda, you’d get about enough energy to move a bicycle a few miles. The same items poked into a total-conversion Fusion Reactor would yield enough juice to launch your car into orbit – or more.

    If the Mr. Fusion item can yield the required “1.21 Gigawatts” in bursts required to travel through time, then your lame device shown here is only a factor of about 100,000,000,000 away from being in the same power delivery ability!

    Your analogy is shockingly poor; it’s not even wrong!

  • M0b1u5

    Mr. Jo Borras. You clearly know your crappy 80′s SF movies, but you don’t appear to be able to **read**.

    The item in question is conspicuously labelled “Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor”. It’s the two words “Fusion” and “Reactor” which tell you there is no “extraction of chemical energy.” That would be ridiculous. Chemical energy is what burning gas is; chemical combustion.

    If you could burn a banana skin, a soda can and the flat remnants of soda, you’d get about enough energy to move a bicycle a few miles. The same items poked into a total-conversion Fusion Reactor would yield enough juice to launch your car into orbit – or more.

    If the Mr. Fusion item can yield the required “1.21 Gigawatts” in bursts required to travel through time, then your lame device shown here is only a factor of about 100,000,000,000 away from being in the same power delivery ability!

    Your analogy is shockingly poor; it’s not even wrong!

  • M0b1u5

    Mr. Jo Borras. You clearly know your crappy 80′s SF movies, but you don’t appear to be able to **read**.

    The item in question is conspicuously labelled “Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor”. It’s the two words “Fusion” and “Reactor” which tell you there is no “extraction of chemical energy.” That would be ridiculous. Chemical energy is what burning gas is; chemical combustion.

    If you could burn a banana skin, a soda can and the flat remnants of soda, you’d get about enough energy to move a bicycle a few miles. The same items poked into a total-conversion Fusion Reactor would yield enough juice to launch your car into orbit – or more.

    If the Mr. Fusion item can yield the required “1.21 Gigawatts” in bursts required to travel through time, then your lame device shown here is only a factor of about 100,000,000,000 away from being in the same power delivery ability!

    Your analogy is shockingly poor; it’s not even wrong!

  • Michael Bryant

    that is the nice gasifier setup I have ever seen.

  • Michael Bryant

    that is the nice gasifier setup I have ever seen.

  • Michael Bryant

    that is the nice gasifier setup I have ever seen.

  • http://SpectreWriter.com JT

    Sorry, not convinced. I didn’t see anything to prove or even strongly suggest that it’s not still running off of fuel in the gas tank. Try again.

  • http://SpectreWriter.com JT

    Sorry, not convinced. I didn’t see anything to prove or even strongly suggest that it’s not still running off of fuel in the gas tank. Try again.

  • RustyLugNut

    JT

    YOU can have your doubts because many a YouTube vid is fraudulent. But, I have been to the Shipyard Labs and seen this vehicle. It has no gas tank. Several other vehicles had gasifiers in the works when I visited and one Alabama team had one of the most elegant gasifiers I have ever seen powering a Dodge PU truck. It almost won the Escape From Berkeley road rally last year.

    This technology has been around for decades. These versions are just advancements on the same principles and are worth looking into.

  • RustyLugNut

    JT

    YOU can have your doubts because many a YouTube vid is fraudulent. But, I have been to the Shipyard Labs and seen this vehicle. It has no gas tank. Several other vehicles had gasifiers in the works when I visited and one Alabama team had one of the most elegant gasifiers I have ever seen powering a Dodge PU truck. It almost won the Escape From Berkeley road rally last year.

    This technology has been around for decades. These versions are just advancements on the same principles and are worth looking into.

  • RustyLugNut

    JT

    YOU can have your doubts because many a YouTube vid is fraudulent. But, I have been to the Shipyard Labs and seen this vehicle. It has no gas tank. Several other vehicles had gasifiers in the works when I visited and one Alabama team had one of the most elegant gasifiers I have ever seen powering a Dodge PU truck. It almost won the Escape From Berkeley road rally last year.

    This technology has been around for decades. These versions are just advancements on the same principles and are worth looking into.

  • RustyLugNut

    JT

    YOU can have your doubts because many a YouTube vid is fraudulent. But, I have been to the Shipyard Labs and seen this vehicle. It has no gas tank. Several other vehicles had gasifiers in the works when I visited and one Alabama team had one of the most elegant gasifiers I have ever seen powering a Dodge PU truck. It almost won the Escape From Berkeley road rally last year.

    This technology has been around for decades. These versions are just advancements on the same principles and are worth looking into.

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