Every car guy, at some point, has heard someone say that some liquor or another was strong enough to run the car on it. But is it true? Could you really run and engine on white lightning? We’re talking Moonshine. Good stuff, high test, corn licker, shine, hooch, mountain dew, pass around, firewater, or whatever the hell you like to call it. We’re talking good old clear liquor made like God intended. If you haven’t drank any in your life, you are missing out. Thanks to the Bardstown Distillery, who supplied 10 gallons of moonshine for this test, which is what goes into the barrels to age and turn into bourbon. It was pumped directly from their containers into the fuel cell for the engine dyno and then directly into the cammed 5.3 that Richard Holdener and Brian Tooley had strapped to the dyno for testing.
I’m fairly certain that the idea for this came after doing some drinking while testing the engine on E85, but I love them for thinking of it and am only mad because I wasn’t there. Brian and Richard are great people and I’ve been with them testing engines on the dyno enough to know they are always a good time. It looks like this was a riot.
But how much power do you think it made? Or did it run at all? Should we all be making our own shine to run our engines on? Hmmmmmm