Pat O'Keefe, the president and CEO of CLP Motorsports and vice president of Golden Gate Petroleum, had the bright idea to attempt a coast-to-coast road trip in a lightweight car on a single tank of renewable diesel made by Finnish company Neste Oil. Neste's NEXBTL renewable diesel is a low-carbon, bio-based drop-in fuel (Neste claims 90-percent less greenhouse gas emissions over its lifecycle). Rather than blending it as an admixture, O'Keefe and his team filled the tank of their road trip ride with NEXBTL and set out from Jacksonville, FL with Santa Monica, CA as their destination. Their chariot was the CLP Motorsports Superlite Coupe, an aerodynamic, street-legal racecar powered by a Volkswagen 1.9-liter TDI engine. Along the way, they'd stop to pick up none other than Tanner Foust to take the wheel for the final leg of the journey.
The trip was a success, and the team drove the 2,507 miles across the country without having to stop to refuel. They used 37.6 gallons (yes, that is, admittedly, a pretty big fuel tank) of NEXBTL, clocked an average speed of 67.7 miles per hour and averaged 66.7 miles per gallon. Not too shabby.
They had scheduled stops in major cities along the way. The team also had to stop several times to allow their support vehicles to refuel. Whether there were any arguments over bathroom breaks is unknown.