Volkswagen Uses Biodiesel to Power Race Cars

Volkswagen, which introduced its Clean Diesel Technology on the race track in 2008, announced it’s using B5 biodiesel to power its race cars, transport vehicles and generators for the 2009 Jetta TDI Cup season.

“We are extremely pleased to have HYPERFUELS as a partner for the 2009 Jetta TDI Cup series. SynDiesel B5 biodiesel has been fully approved for use in all Volkswagen TDI powered vehicles that are available at local Volkswagen dealerships today,” said Clark Campbell, Motorsport Manager, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “The addition of SynDiesel B5 biodiesel in the Jetta TDI Cup race cars further demonstrates the feasibility of biodiesel as an alternative fuel source for American consumers and supports the clean and green racing of the Jetta TDI Cup series,” added Campbell.

One reason, diesel powered vehicles offer more low-end torque than traditional gasoline engines, providing quicker off-the-line acceleration. Additionally, the Jetta TDI’s “common rail” direct injection system has great fuel economy over gasoline engines and reduces sooty emissions by 95 percent, even during a race!

The season starts April 25 at Virginia International Raceway, and the series champion will win $100,000.

During the 2009 season, the Jetta TDI Cup cars will consume approximately two tanks of B5 biodiesel during race conditions and overall carbon emissions produced by the series will be reduced by 2,583 pounds as a result of the new fuel. These environmentally-friendly characteristics also qualify consumers for a $1,300 Federal Income Tax Credit, in case you want one. Just don’t drive like you’re on a race track!

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Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Rayson S.
Rayson Smith4 years ago

BMW and VW are continuously improving their innovations and technology for a clean and green environment. The new biodiesel engine for the transport will help in reducing pollution.
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K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Alviro S.
Alviro S.4 years ago

Nice concept! Biodisel is nice option for alternative fuel. Because today's fuel prices is increasing day by day.
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Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Good for them. That's a step in the right direction.

Vids Johnson
Vids Johnson4 years ago

Volkswagen doing great job by Using bio diesel to Power Race Cars which will surely helps to make vehicles environmental friendly.Though there is lots of issues while using bio diesel.I hope this issue will be solved soon and people will start more use of hybrid vehicles than new and Cheap used cars vehicles.

Linda Mills
Linda Mills5 years ago

awesome news

Bon L.
Bon L.5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

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