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800-HP "Bio Rocket" Makes Debut on Earth Day Episode of Pimp My Ride

VAN NUYS, Calif. — Leave it to the Galpin Auto Sports crew to make the ultimate Earth Day statement. The brains behind MTV's Pimp My Ride will unveil an eye-popping alternative-fuel vehicle that they say gives "serious muscle to the green movement."

pimp my ride bio rocketpimp my ride bio rocket 2 The vehicle in question is a modified 1965 Chevrolet Impala, nicknamed the "Bio Rocket," that has been transformed into a biodiesel-powered alt-fuel wonder. The Bio Rocket gets a new PPE supercharged GM Duramax diesel that runs on B-100 biodiesel, said to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 78 percent. Engine power was jacked up from 350 horsepower to 800 hp with 1,400 pound-feet of torque. The Bio Rocket sprints from zero to 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds.

In the cabin, the seats are made from a material composed of 100 percent recycled fibers. The trunk is lined with biodegradable, all-natural hemp and reclaimed wood. A built-in GPS points the way to the closest biodiesel station.

"By installing a monster 800-horsepower diesel engine to run on biodiesel in the '65 Impala, we demonstrated that you don't have to sacrifice power to go green," said Beau Boeckmann, Galpin Auto Sports' president, who is also a consulting producer and on-air talent for Pimp My Ride.

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