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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