We knew the royals lead pretty lavish lives (thanks in part to Netflix’s The Crown, TBH), but we had no idea Prince Charles owns an Aston Martin that (kind of) runs on excess white wine. And to that we say: What a waste of good wine!
Yep, according to The Telegraph, His Royal Majesty asked engineers to make his Aston Martin Volante run on alternative fuel sources, including a biofuel made from white wine.
“They discovered they could run it on surplus English white wine, but also I hadn’t realized that they had mixed whey into it too,” the Prince of Wales said. “The engineers at Aston said, ‘Oh, it’ll ruin the whole thing.’ And I said, ‘Well, I won’t drive it then,’ so they got on with it and now they admit that it runs better and is more powerful on that fuel than it is on petrol.”
So, yes, Prince Charles pretty much made up the idea that a car could run on wine (and let the engineers figure out how to make it happen by creating a biofuel made from a mixture of bioethanol and petrol). The bioethanol is derived from a vast number of sources of waste biomass, one of them being surplus wine, according to another Telegraph report.
“And also, it smells delicious as you’re driving along,” Charles added.
Royal cars that smell like Pinot Grigio all the time? We need to find us a prince, stat.