Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  VW TDI Cup Series - B5 Biodiesel Plan - Web Exclusive
Subscribe to the Free

VW TDI Cup Series - B5 Biodiesel Plan - Web Exclusive

Apr 9, 2009
Eurp_0904_01_z+2009_jetta_tdi_cup_biodiesel_plan+racing_shot Photo 1/1   |   VW TDI Cup Series - B5 Biodiesel Plan - Web Exclusive

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

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

Round 1&2
April 24-26 VIRginia International Raceway, Alton, VA (with Grand-Am)
Round 3
May 15-17 Miller Motorsports Park, Salt Lake City, UT (with ALMS)
Round 4
June 19-21 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH (with Grand-Am)
Round 5
July 24-26 Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL (with Atlantics)
Round 6
Aug 14-16 Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI (with ALMS)
Round 7
Aug 28-30 Mosport International Raceway, Mosport, Canada (with ALMS)
Round 8&9
Sept 11-13 New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ (with ARCA)
Round 10
Sept 25-27 Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA (with ALMS)



Emory Motorsports builds the ultimate Outlaw: the 1964 Porsche 356 C4S, an AWD classic Porsche that features the running gear of a 1990 911 Carrera 4.
Rory JurneckaFeb 22, 2019
Two images that purport to show the all-new 992-generation 911 Turbo have shown up on the internet, and they seem to be the real deal
Ed TahaneyFeb 21, 2019
Aston Martin isn't expected to deliver its third hypercar until late 2021, but it's already teasing the mid-engine coupe codenamed Project 003
Kelly PleskotFeb 20, 2019
Carbon Signal Automotive (CS) might not be a familiar name to most, but it's quickly mastered what neither the best in California or Japan can do yet, which is what's helped put its name onto the map.
Jonathan WongFeb 20, 2019
Speedworks Motorsport opts for the new Toyota Corolla hatchback to take racing in the 2019 British Touring Car Championship
Bob HernandezFeb 20, 2019
Sponsored Links