This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans will see a pair of diesel-powered Audi R10s in its field of competitors. Audi’s oil burners had a terrific first showing at the 12 Hours of Sebring already where the No. 2 took the victory with a three-lap cushion.

AutoblogGreen is now reporting that Welter Racing, a French-based team, has announced plans to go one step further into the green by fielding a biodiesel-powered racer in the LMP2 class at Le Mans in 2008. An entirely new chassis is being developed for the racer that will be entered in the 2007 race, albeit powered by petrol. The biodiesel powerplant will be ready to take the track for the 2008 race.

The project is being partly funded by the Association for the Development of Agricultural Fuels in France. Its purpose is to highlight vegetable-based fuels in a country that imports 97-percent of its energy resources.

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