Myth Busters (2006 Season) - Episode 53 – "Exploding Pants" - The Great Gas Conspiracy

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...

Myth statement status Notes
...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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