After first introducing its clean-diesel technology to the race track in 2008, Volkswagen of America has announced it will use B5 biodiesel fuel to power its race cars during the 2009 Jetta TDI Cup season.
Houston-based Hyperfuels will supply the B5 biodiesel for the series, which is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Pro Racing. "We are extremely pleased to have Hyperfuels as a partner for the 2009 Jetta TDI Cup series. SynDiesel B5 biodiesel has also been fully approved for use in all VW TDI-powered vehicles that are available at local VW dealerships today," said Clark Campbell, Motorsport Manager, VWoA. "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 'n green racing of the Jetta TDI Cup series," added Campbell.
Performance testing has proven that diesel-powered vehicles offer more low-end torque than traditional gasoline engines, providing quicker off-the-line acceleration that's well suited to the racetrack. In addition, the Jetta TDI's use of a "common rail" direct injection system improves fuel economy over gasoline engines and reduces sooty emissions by 95%, even under demanding race conditions.
During the 2009 season, the Jetta TDI Cup cars will consume approximately two tanks of B5 biodiesel during race conditions. These environmentally-friendly characteristics classify all VW TDI models as Advanced Lean Technology Vehicles, qualifying consumers for a $1300 Federal Income Tax Credit.
"Hyperfuels is excited that the 2009 Jetta TDI Cup racing series and the SCCA acknowledges the use of biodiesel as a clean performance racing fuel," said Jess Hewitt, President, Gulf Hydrocarbon, the parent company of Hyperfuels. "If we can help take biodiesel awareness and performance to the next level, then everyone wins. It's cleaner burning, yields more power, produces lower emissions and is easily accessible. I can't imagine a better fuel or better cars to showcase the performance benefits of biodiesel," added Hewitt.
The SynDiesel B5 biodiesel that Hyperfuels supplies is a synthetic diesel fuel, with a 63 cetane rating, storage life of up to 10 years and 20% more BTU's than conventional diesel. The same fuel used in the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup racing series is available for purchase within the United States on www.hyperfuels.com
Beginning with the season-opening race on April 25 at Virginia International Raceway, drivers will compete in ten events on eight road courses around North America in identical, factory-prepared and maintained Jetta TDIs powered by B5 biodiesel. The series champion will win $100,000. In addition, each driver who competes in the series will earn a Pro Racing license from SCCA at the conclusion of the season.
The Jetta TDI Cup car is powered by a two-liter, four-cylinder TDI clean-diesel engine mated to a six-speed, double-clutch DSG auto transmission. The car is only slightly modified from stock with race suspension and brakes.
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Schedule
April 24-26 VIRginia International Raceway, Alton, VA (with Grand-Am)
May 15-17 Miller Motorsports Park, Salt Lake City, UT (with ALMS)
June 19-21 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH (with Grand-Am)
July 24-26 Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL (with Atlantics)
Aug 14-16 Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI (with ALMS)
Aug 28-30 Mosport International Raceway, Mosport, Canada (with ALMS)
Sept 11-13 New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ (with ARCA)
Sept 25-27 Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA (with ALMS)