Taking a short break from wrangling the new HHR SS
around the track at the Bondurant
School for High Performance Driving (see above -- that's me), we got a chance to speak with some of the engineers behind the SS
series of vehicles, among others. We took that opportunity to ask whether or not GM
has considered using the alcohol-based E85 fuel as a high performance option -- as opposed to just marketing E85 as a "green" fuel. Perhaps not too surprisingly, the idea has
been considered at General Motors
. E85 happens to have a very high octane rating. The fuel burns at a comparatively low temperature, meaning that additional power can be extracted from a given amount as compared to gasoline. Turbocharged vehicles offer an excellent opportunity to tap into that additional available power, so the fact that it was left off the HHR
SS probably means that we're not likely to see that angle of the corny-fuel any time soon.