Sahara Force India unveils super-charged coffee fuel to power F1 car at Bahrain Grand Prix

Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 in the pits.
Formula One Testing, Day 2, Wednesday 2nd March 2016. Barcelona, Spain.
Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 in the pits. Formula One Testing, Day 2, Wednesday 2nd March 2016. Barcelona, Spain.

A Northamptonshire-based Formula One team is swapping its normal F1 fuel for a coffee-powered concoction this season following the successful testing of a so-called ‘caffilytic’ converter.

Sahara Force India F1 made revealed earlier this morning that the new coffee-powered car is set to take to the grid at the forthcoming race in Bahrain on April 3.

A spokesman said: “Rather than being a ‘break’ fluid usually enjoyed by the coffee drinking drivers when they are not on track, the Bella Barista brew is being used to help Sahara Force India’s driving stars secure a podium position.”

The change has been in development since British engineers broke the world speed record for a coffee-powered vehicle back in 2011.

“Behind the scenes, Sahara Force India has been working covertly on this special caffilytic converter technology ever since,” the spokesman added.

The team, who drink Bella Barista coffee, roasted in Northamptonshire, decided to pour the secret bean concoction into their car as a perk to help the new coffee car reach for pole position.

“Taking the coffee chequered flag, the new super charged vehicle could be unveiled today as a racing replacement for the remainder of the 2016 season,” he added.

Sahara Force India commercial director, Stephan Curnow, said: “The team is full of beans about being the first to get through the grind and onto the grid with a caffeine charged super car.”

Bella Barista director, Claudette Porter, spilled the beans about the exclusive new race deal.

She said: “We are all so passionate about coffee here at Bella Barista and are delighted that Sahara Force India chose Bella Barista coffee as their fuel of choice on and off the track.

“Exciting times are ahead, we will raise a cup to them here before each race to wish them luck.”