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Peugeot 908-HY hybrid prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

Since early 2008, ALMS has been touting itself as the "Leader in green racing." We decided to take a look at the biggest series in North America and compare the efforts of each when it comes to alternative fuels and drivetrains. In many respects, NASCAR is actually the most alternative series around right now – but hardly forward-looking. After all, NASCAR still uses carburetors and just switched from leaded to unleaded gasoline a couple of years ago.

Similarly, while IndyCars switched from methanol to ethanol a few years back, there isn't much else about open wheel race cars that can be called relevant to manufacturers. ALMS GT class cars on the other hand are actually derived from production models. The combination of GT and LMP cars are now or have recently been running on five different fuel/drive combinations including diesel, E10, cellulosic E85, biobutanol, and E10/hybrids. Later this season, the Porsche 911 GT3 R hybrid that nearly won the recent 24 hours of Nurburgring is expected to join the ALMS ranks and ALMS communications director Bob Dickinson told us that he hopes to see Peugeot's 908 diesel-hybrid, perhaps as soon the next Sebring race in March 2011. Check out the full chart after the jump.

  • St9 Porsche Team Manthey; J�rg Bergmeister, Richard Lietz, Marco Holzer, Martin Ragginger; GT3 R Hybrid




Fuels/Energy Sources




cellulosic E85


Unleaded gas

clean diesel



E10 hybrid








Aston Martin






Honda (HPD)








Meets US Environmental Protection Agency / Department of Energy Green Racing Protocols




Tire Manufacturers










Official Oil


PEAK Performance

Mobil 1

Next Alternative Vehicle Debut

Porsche GT3R Hybrid

2012 Delta Wing?

Not applicable

Peugeot diesel hybrid

Latest New Technology Introduction



Unleaded gasoline, radial tires

E10-elec. hybrid

Green non-profit affiliate

American Forest Foundation



Awards for Environmental Achievement

EPA / DOE Green Challenge



Michelin Green X Challenge

Premier Race

12 Hours of Sebring

Indy 500

Daytona 500

(58 years)

(94 years)

(52 years)

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      • 5 Years Ago
      what about F1? or a chart that is easier to read?
        • 5 Years Ago
        F1 isn't a prominant North American motorsport.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Latest New Technology Introduction: Unleaded Gasoline, Radial Tires."

      That was last considered "new technology" in what, the 50s?

      Lol, NASCAR, just lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        hahahahahahaha I actually did LOL! Oh NASCAR... your a failure and proof of everything that is wrong with our wonderful country....Stock car racing....ha
        • 5 Years Ago
        C'mon, give NASCAR a break, they don't need much in the form of technological advancement to drive in a 500 mile left turn.
      • 5 Years Ago
      no, you're confusing that with a normal IndyCar race.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I believe Grand-Am was omitted since it doesn't have the following of ALMS.

      Many involved in Nascar have been trying to get back a bit to true stock car racing based on technology that isn't from 30 years ago. The old guard won't have any of that.

      Its more about thrills and spills and driver drama than racing technology and manufacturer competition. They recently gave the green light for more aggressive driving since the fans want to see retaliation and take downs. You launch a driver airborne almost into the fans? The punishment, miss a race or two (slap on the wrist).
      • 5 Years Ago
      About corn, etc. derived ethanol.... I don't see how a fuel produced from crops that would keep few thousands people fed and alive can be called green....
        • 5 Years Ago
        To my knowledge the type of corn used for the ethanol is used for feed stock for farm animals and not used for our own human consumption. Sadly speculators (yes those who help run our high gas price's at times) caused the Corn price's to skyrocket last year and yeah.. bah. So dont worry about not having Corn on the Cobb due to Ethanol. lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        Humans don't eat it directly, but it is present in most processed foods. For example, it's where corn syrup comes from, along with hundreds of other products used in food production.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ALMS and the manufacturers need to do more to promote the series and what they are doing in terms of bringing their race bred tech to the masses. I can see a commerical say for Audi and their TDI car racing around and stating its wins and its Mpg it gets vs. the average gas powered car and then slowly transition to a Audi TDI car and have some catchy tag line at the end.

      That and overall I don't see any sharing that could be logical between NASCAR and any of the automakers in production cars. Also someone mentioned Grand-Am, I'm not sorry when I say this but the France Family needs to start promoting that damn series. Hype the rivalaries, hype the makes involved, oh wait they can't they still have the mindset that NASCAR is the end all be all of racing UGH!
        • 5 Years Ago
        yea ok i hear you on that grand-am is not a stepping system as sprint,nationwide and trucks is. that still doesn't mean auto-blog shouldn't use it since it is a owned by NASCAR.

        and as for the whole oval issue. sprint cup,nationwide ect. are based on that and have been, and until many fans leave theirs no reason why they should change from that, that's why its a *specialty* series. i agree though that it would be nice if the cars resembled the street versions and that would seriously help the appeal of the sport
        • 5 Years Ago

        Just because Brian France founded and owns Grand Am doesn't mean it's NASCAR. Kind of like Jerry Jones owning the Dallas Cowboys, but he also owns the AFL team, the Dallas Desperados. So would that make them Cowboys? No.

        Nationwide and the Truck Series are TOTALLY different than the Grand Am Series. Nationwide is the Triple A of Nascar. It's a feeder series for the Sprint Cup. The Truck Series is where washed up old drivers go to feel success again. It's the PGA Champions Tour of NASCAR. The only connection Grand Am has to NASCAR is the owner.
        • 5 Years Ago
        clavis NASCAR is grand-am, as is sprint cup, nationwide, and the truck series, so your talking about the sprint cup
        • 5 Years Ago
        dude for the LAST TIME grand-am is owned by NASCAR-HOLDINGS

        I"n its acquisition of the Grand-American Road Racing Association, NASCAR saw the opportunity to help a series with an exciting road-racing product gain broader mainstream exposure through the marketing and media infrastructure the stock-car racing organization already has in place."

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not familiar with the "/Users/sam/downloads/index.html" race in the IndyCar series.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So... all of them then?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's the race where all of the cameras are on Danica Patrick.
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