They didn't actually take first place, but finishing in second place overall in the "longest race in the world" is pretty damn good.
A new racing team called Green Alternative Motorsports took part in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill at Willows, California. The team was interested in proving that cellulosic ethanol could compete in a performance event. They certainly made their mark on the event. Of particular interest were two Norma M20F racers entered by Team Green Alternative/Alliance Financial that were powered by eco-friendly E-85 fuel for the race.
They do point out that any benefit from running with E-85 in this race was more than completely offset (in the bad sense) by having to ship the fuel from Ottawa, Canada, to California for the race. But the second place finish shows that cellulosic E-85 ethanol can be a performance fuel, and that it is more than just a curiosity for hobbyists and researchers. And more to the point, it demonstrated that cellulosic ethanol has the potential to be a mainstream fuel if it can meet the rigors of an endurance auto racing event.
written by Gordon Foat, December 10, 2007
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