The Great Gas Conspiracy
The "Great Gas Conspiracy" mentioned in the myth is the conspiracy theory that gasoline companies are secretly in league with the car manufacturers to produce fuel-inefficient vehicles, to fatten their profits and split the difference. The myths tested were ways found on the Internet that one can supposedly beat this conglomerate and get cheap, easy, and spectacularly improved fuel efficiency for cars. The cars were a Toyota Camry and an Oldsmobile Toronado.
Theories tested to see if cheap fuel efficiency can be achieved were...
|...carburetor magnets.||Busted||No change to fuel efficiency.|
|...acetone mixed with the gasoline.||Busted||The acetone was less fuel efficient.|
|..."miracle carburetor" supposed to get 300 miles per gallon.||Busted||Far less fuel efficient.|
|..."water fuel cell".||Busted||The cell did not work with the car, and while the car did start unmodified when pure hydrogen was introduced, the hydrogen was also violently ignited soon afterwards, making it an unlikely, dangerous, and expensive alternative.|
|...used cooking oil, rather than regular fuel.||Confirmed||Although there's no word on damage to the engine from using used cooking oil, a diesel-fueled car did run on it. However, the MythBusters speculate that once this alternative fuel achieves a significant interest level among the public, used cooking oil will be hoarded as a marketable commodity. The used cooking oil also did not quite fit the requirement of improved fuel efficiency, as it yielded approximately 10% less distance for an equivalent amount of diesel. (see biodiesel and straight vegetable oil)|
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