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04/06/08

Audi R10 will run on bio-diesel at Le Mans

It will be added to the GTL, synthetic diesel oil obtained out of liquid gas

Fotogallery For the first time a bio-diesel fuelled racing-car is racing at Le Mans. For its third appearance scheduled on June 14th and 15th the Audi R10 TDI will run on diesel oil which, for the first time, will be mixed with a small amount of second generation bio-fuel. Called BTL (Biomass To Liquids) it is made out of bio-waste such as macerated wood and it promises a CO2 reduction at least by 90% if compared to traditional diesel oil. At the Le Mans 24 hour races in 2006 and 2007 the Audi R10 TDI was fuelled by a special mixture containing a high percentage of GTL and it won. By GTL we refer to the process experimented by Shell by means of which synthetic race diesel oil is obtained out of liquid gas (Gas to Liquid).

Although they derive from different raw materials, the two alternative fuels BTL and GTL are sulphur free and odourless and they combine efficient performance with fewer waste emissions. “Audi voiced its support early for the use of next generation Biofuels at Le Mans," explains Michael Dick, Member of the Board of Management of the German car maker.

"It underlines our philosophy that we view Le Mans as a tough test field for new technologies which will be available at a later date in production cars for our customers. The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest), the greatest French motoring association, provides the opportunity to use alternative drive concepts and fuels, which we exploit to the full."
The V12 TDI engine that the Audi R10 TDI is equipped with has already been tested successfully with the new fuel and had its first public appearance last Sunday (1 June) at the official test day at Le Mans, when the teams had the opportunity to run the 13,629 km on its track before the race.

Author: GIUSEPPE GANDOLFI

 

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