• Aug 9, 2006


A Chevrolet Cobalt SS racecar engineered in part by three female students is heading for the Bonneville Salt Flats this week, in an attempt to set speed records using both E85 and gasoline.

If the student's Cobalt project is successful, it will be the first vehicle to set a record at Bonneville using E85 fuel, racing in the G Class/Unblown Fuel Competition Coupe class. Running gasoline, the car will also run in G CLass/Unblown Gas Competition Coupe class.

GM Co-op students Lauren Zimmer, Sandra Saldivar and Heather Chemistruck are part of GM Performance Division's Student Bonneville Program.

The fuel-injected "Go Yellow" Cobalt will be joined by a trio of GM Performance Bonneville entries powered by blown versions of the General's Ecotec four-banger: the Chevy So-Cal Bonneville HHR, the Chevy So-Cal Cobalt SS, and the Ecotec Lakester.

[Source: GM]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      no wonder this thing was built by women, it looks like crap.

      women really have bad taste in cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chewy at post #5- You may not know your left from your right. The left side IS the correct side. You might rethink your "logic". I don't care if it's made in Japan or not. We drive it here. They make it left hand drive for this market for Gods sake, so changing the fill door should'nt be that difficult. Besides, look at Cobalt, Eqinox, and many others. I don't know where they are "made" but they still go into the gas station the WRONG direction. Caos at the pump. I just want to punch their idiot as*es out.
      • 8 Years Ago
      All the talk about fuel is fine. I like to keep informed. However, who is telling the truth? What are the trade-offs between costs, economy, and power? Show me a chart. Just a simple chart. That's all I ASK. Please, just a simple, ( BUT ACCURATE AND VERIFIABLE ) chart. No chart? Imagine that! Plus, my pet peeve is the placement of the fuel filler door on the right side of the vehicle. Yea, Yea, Yea, I know it's supposed to be safer, but how many accidents are caused by pulling into a gas station the wrong direction to fill up? Also, as I think about it, I have never heard of a car burning up because it got hit in the left side fill door. Rear-ended into the tank, yes, (Pinto, Crown Vic.) but the left hand fill door? Old Chevy trucks were hit in the side tank, the door was irrelevent. I really get pissed off when people pull into the gas station and screw everyone up going the wrong way. I WILL NOT buy a car with the fill door on the wrong side. Plus, I want to kill the sonofa'bit*h who designed it that way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Based on previous poster's logic about E85, the automobile should've never gotten popular since horses were much more "efficient" than the first automobiles.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A Suburban with E85 uses less traditional fuel than a Toyota Prius. That seems pretty impressive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      E85 has been hyped up very well by the manufacturers, the reason. E85 lets the manufacturers go through a loophole and save millions. (GM will avoid 200 million dollars in fines because of the loophole)

      http://www.caranddriver.com/features/11174/tech-stuff-ethanol-promises-page7.html#flex

      It kills your milage by a lot:

      http://www.caranddriver.com/features/11174/tech-stuff-ethanol-promises-page7.html

      Here is the whole article:

      http://www.caranddriver.com/features/11174/tech-stuff-ethanol-promises.html

      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the whole point of this project is to show that the car can run on E85 and then GM can start producing E85 Cobalt's. Also, who says girls have a poor taste in cars if this was their project? These girls did a damn good job with what they were given.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wouldn’t this significantly more relevant if GM actually sold an E85 Cobalt.

      As far as E85 is concerned as a fuel, it always amazes me how many people are anti energy (oil) diversification. Is E85 a silver bullet that will solve the world’s energy problems? No. Producing ethanol from corn is not hugely efficient and has a minimal energy gain. We are getting close to where we can get ethanol from any plant matter and prices will come down and energy efficiencies will go up.

      In the next five years you can expect oil to go up in price and supply to stay flat. Ethanol should go down in price and up in supply. The availability of E85 will also remain mostly region specific. How people on the coasts don’t understand that people in the midwest using ethanol instead of oil is good for there oil prices is beyond me.