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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 6th 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au —19 Supercars fuel green revolution Theyare loud, fast,andV8 supercars are going green. James Bresnehan fills us inonthe neweco-friendly fuel being used onthe Supercar circuit F OR the first time in the history of Austra- lias premier motor racing series, this sea- son the V8 supercars are run- ning on eco-friendly E85 fuel (85 per cent ethanol) instead of the high-octane 98 blend every- day motorists could get at their local service station. The Australian Vee Eight Supercar Company said that introducing E85 to the cham- pionship would have a major positive impact on the series’ environmental footprint. A study by Energetics Aus- tralia, confirmed by the CSIRO, found that the E85 used by V8 supercars has about half the CO2 emissions of unleaded petrol. The ethanol blend has a lower energy density than pet- rol and as a result the cars use about 25-27 per cent more fuel. Even after taking this into account E85 still gives a 50 per cent reduction in total CO2 emissions produced by the series. Campbell Little, AVESCO’s technical director, saidE85had no impact on the performance of the supercars. Every team has grasped the changes quickly and without fuss, Little said. The teams have all reported with JAMES BRESNEHAN virtually no change in perfor- mance, as have the respective drivers. The biggest change noticed by the V8 supercar drivers is the reduction in fumes and the cleaner smell of the new fuel. Reigning Bathurst cham- pion Craig Lowndes the fumes smell better. ‘‘It burns differently and has a sweeter smell to it but, in terms of what we feel in the car, there has been no change at all,’’ he said. Ford Performance Racings’ Steven Richards said the most SPEEDSTER: Ford driver Jamie Whincup wins at Symmons Plains last month. noticeable difference was the major reduction in fumes. ’’There is absolutely no power or speed difference at all but what is most noticeable is the almost non-existence of fumes,’’ he said. ‘‘For a driver, and particu- larly on the tight street cir- cuits, the change is going to be incredible.’’ On top of that, before they left Tasmania after round four last weekend, the guys from Sprint Gar Racing announced they would plant enough trees to offset the 75.17 tonnes of greenhouse gases SGR is ex- pected to produce this season. ‘‘In 2009 the carbon emis- sions produced by the Sprint Gas Racing Commodores will be offset with trees planted by an approved forestry offset organisation, on behalf of one of our major sponsors, WPC Group,’’ Sprint Gas Racing team manager, Jeff Grech, said. ‘‘The planting of trees is a Title hopes high at Willowbank P HIL Lamattina is on track for the Austral- ian Top Fuel championship at Willowbank in Queens- land this weekend, as fellow Victorian Nino Cavallo looks for back-to-back Super Stock titles with his Dodge Avenger. The meeting has drawn 536 entries, including the latest factory-backed Dodge for Lee Bektash of Team Mopar. Briscoe battles R YAN Briscoe was a battling second when the Indy Racing League returned to business in Mil- waukee, losing out to Kiwi Scott Dixon in a race to the flag. The Australian was on track for back-to-back wins at the historic Milwaukee Mile until Dixon jumped him in heavy traffic and went on to score a win that puts him on top of the IRL points table, though Briscoe is still second in the title race. Ricciardo still rules D ANIEL Ricciardo still leads the British For- mula Three championship, despite two troubled races at Rockingham last week- end. The Aussie qualified quickest for the first heat, but crashed out and could only manage fifth in the second race. Ambrose struggles T ASMANIAN Marcos Ambrose was 20th in one of the toughest races on the Nascar circuit, the Mon- ster Mile at Dover, in his Toyota Camry. Hefinished exactlywhere he started in a race won by defending champion Jim- mie Johnson. Ambrose is also holding 20th spot in the Sprint Cup championship standings. Reed moves up S UPERCROSS superstar Chad Reed improved a place as he continued his outdoor season in the AMA Motocross series at Sacra- mento, California, last weekend. The Australian was third on his Suzuki 450, after finishing fourth in the open- ing race, and also improved to third in the 450cc stand- ings behind Sacramento winner Mike Alessi and Josh Grant. Famous five of the season in the Indy Lights race in Milwaukee J AMES Davison scored his first top-five finish HONOUR: Five-time world rally champ Sebastien Loeb has received the French equivalent of a knighthood. on Saturday. The Austral- ian qualified seventh and improved to fourth for much of the race, but still movedto ninth in the cham- pionship after losing a spot at the flag. Knight rider F IVE-TIME world rally champion Sebastien Loeb has received the equivalent of a knighthood in France. The Citroen star, who has been beaten only once this year, has just received the Legion d’hon- neur — the highest award for a private citizen in France — from the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. Rally’s clear run PECIAL state legisla- tion will be used to ensure a clear run for Rally S Legend signs on is the first big-name starter for this year’s Australian Safari from August 1-8. O The Czech is a five-time winner of the quad class in the Dakar Rally and will be riding his self-built ma- chine through Western Australia. Wootton’s woes for Chris Wootton after an awful weekend of racing in the FormulaBMWcategory at Sepang in Malaysia last weekend. A The Queenslander was tripped into a rollover in one heat and could only manage sixth place in his final race after emergency repairs, including a rear wing and a full set of fresh suspension. PAIR of pole positions was little consolation FF-ROAD racing legend Josef Machacek SMELL OF SUCCESS: Burning E85 eco-friendly fuel, drivers in the V8 Supercar Championships race around Symmons Plains. Pictures: ROSS MARSDEN It burns differently and has a sweeter smell to it but, in terms of what we feel in the car, there has been no change at all ‘ fantastic start; down the track Sprint Gas Racing and WPCGroup will look at ways to expand what we are doing for the environment.’’ ’ Grech said the sport had donea lot recently todo its bit for the environment. ‘‘It’s had its own school education program, planted trees and this year, in aworld first, we use E85, an ethanol based fuel which is made from renewable sources,’’ he said. Australia, which takes Aus- tralia back into the world rally championship in Sep- tember. The rally, which will be run in the far north ofNSW, will be covered by the same sort of government protec- tion as the upcoming V8 Supercar race in Sydney. used cars Eurocentral A PEUGEOT 307 XSE hatch is ready to roll for only $15,888 drive-away. Powered by a 2.0-litre engine, it has manual transmission and uses 6.5 litres per 100km. It has ABS brakes, six air- bags, climate-control air-conditioning, CD stacker and alloy wheels. It has had a Eurocentral 71-point safety check. Motors MOTORS Used Cars have a 2005 Ford Falcon XR6 4.0-litre semi-automatic ute with 15,000km on the clock. It has alloy wheels, air-conditioning and power win- dows. The electric-blue car has had one previous private owner, and is yours for $25,995, including a three-year 175,000km warranty with roadside assistance. Co-Op Used A 2003 FORD Falcon BA XT sedan is the hot deal today at Co-Op. This 4.0-litre automatic has travelled 51,000km, has burgundy paint, alloys and a body kit. A smart-looking vehicle for $12,900. DJ Used THE DJ Quality Used Cars Wheel Deal of the week is a 2007 Honda Civic hybrid. With 31,000km on the clock, it has a constantly variable transmission, 15-inch alloys, ABS, front and side air-bags, cruise control, reversing sensors, air- conditioning and remote central-locking. It has a green star rating of 4.5 and will drive away for $26,490.
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