Will Racing Success Bring Diesel Technology Forward?


As concern regarding fossil fuels and dependence on specific suppliers mounts worldwide, answers to alternative fuel solutions remain largely elusive for the mainstream. Ethanol, hydrogen, and other fuels are not as easily accepted as one might expect.
Even diesel power has not been widely accepted in the United States. And, while there are numerous reasons why diesel power has historically been viewed differently in the U.S., today, there are several reasons why many Americans are taking a second look at diesel power.


Audi Commits Racing Fortunes to Diesel
There are several key reasons to consider diesel power, including advantages of fuel consumption, emissions, and the overall performance of modern diesel engines. To underscore these benefits, Audi embarked on a challenging mission at the turn of the (21st) century. The German car maker decided to create a LeMans racer powered by a fuel-efficient diesel engine. The goal, to win over Ferrari, Porsche, Ford, and scores of other manufacturers. The result: win after win.

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VehicleVoice Research Used in USA Today


VehicleVoice panelists conribute to breaking news by providing their input on current automotive issues.
The latest attribution was from our January 2006 Fuel Price Impact Study where we queried panelists on ethanol-based fuel like E85 – a 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline mix.
USA_Today used the VehicleVoice data that had been distributed in an AutoPacific press release in late january in their February 9, 2006 issue.
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“E85’s drawback is reduced fuel economy. Ethanol backers acknowledge that E85 must be sufficiently cheaper than gasoline to make up for poorer mileage. Even so, Americans dislike frequent fuel stops. A recent survey by AutoPacific consultants showed only 40% of drivers willing to accept fewer miles per gallon with E85.”

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Saab 9-5 Aero BioPower Concept


Saab Explores Ethanol-Compatible Powerplant for U.S. Lineup
Automakers often use the Los Angeles Auto Show as the venue to launch their new “green” concepts. Saab revealed its 9-5 Aero Bio-Power Concept at the 2006 LA auto show in January. This 9-5 Aero delivers 310HP from a high-pressure turbocharged 2.3L engine optimized to run on E85 ethanol or on gasoline. While Saab began offering a 2.0t BioPower 9-5 in Sweden in 2005 (and resulting in surprisingly high sales due to Swedish incentives to use bio-fuels), this concept explores U.S. acceptance to the option.

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