After struggling somewhat in recent street races in the American Le Mans Series, the diesel-powered Audi R10 finally got back to the top of the podium on Saturday in St. Petersburg, FL. In spite of setting the fastest lap of the race early on, mechanical issues forced out the #1 Audi after 63 laps. The #2 car in the hands of Marco Werner and Lucas Luhr soldiered on and managed to cross the line just over eight-tenths of a second ahead of the Porsche driven by Romain Dumas. David Brabham brought
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Several bits of information have come out about Acura and their participation in the American Le Mans Series over the past two months so it's time to put two and two together and see if we can get to add up to seven. Acura jumped into the fray in the LMP2 class in 2007 and had a reasonably successful first season with the ARX-01. Back at the Detroit Auto Show in January when ALMS CEO Scott Atherton announced the series "Green Racing" initiative, American Honda EVP John Mendel was on hand and I a
The American Le Mans Series kicks off its 2008 season next weekend with the 56th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring in central Florida. The ALMS has long had the most diverse field of race cars of any major series in North America and this year it's getting even more so as the series makes a push for greener racing. This is the only series that has cars running on three different fuels; gasoline, ethanol and diesel all play a major part. In the LMP1 class, Audi is kicking off its third year runn
The American Le Mans Series yesterday announced that Intersport Racing has decided to run their car on cellulosic ethanol for the 2008 season. They are the third team to announce plans to run on the new biofuel and the first to run it in a prototype. Intersport will be running an AER-powered Lola B06/10 in the LMP1 class this year competing head-on with the diesel-powered Audi R10s. The other teams running on the new fuel are the factory Corvette C6Rs in GT1 and the GT2 class Aston Martin Vantag
When the American Le Mans Series held their winter test session at Sebring a couple of weeks ago, Peugeot dropped by with their diesel-powered 908 coupe. For their first visit they did pretty well, beating the more experienced Audi R10s by eight-tenths of a second. In the hands of Stéphane Sarrazin the Peugeot also beat the previous lap record - set by the Audi during qualifying for last year's race - by more than two seconds.
At the Detroit Auto Show, American Le Mans Series CEO Scott Atherton announced a green racing initiative for the series. A big part of that included the announcement that the Corvette Racing team would be running on E85 made with cellulosic ethanol during the 2008 season. At the time General Motors did not announce who the fuel supplier would be. They have now revealed that the cellulosic ethanol would be provided by KL Process Design Group. KL will be producing the ethanol from wood waste using
In the absence of any substantive competition in the American Le Mans Series GT1 class, the team of Corvette Racing has decided to create its own challenges for the C6R Corvette. At the ALMS press conference today in Detroit, Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper announced that Corvette Racing would be running cellulosic E85 (made from wood chips in this case, not corn) in the 2008 ALMS GT1 class. The team is targeting a race debut in March for its E85 C6R race cars at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Aston Martin is not a brand that's ever been associated with fuel efficiency or alternative fuels. However, at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham England next week, they will unveil their latest race car based on their "entry level" Vantage model. The GT2 class Vantage will come delivered ready to run on E85. More racing series are starting to allow the use of ethanol as an alternative to gasoline. All the non-diesel cars in the American Le Mans Series ran E10 in 2007 and several of
In 2007, all the cars in the American Le Mans Series - with the exception of the diesel powered Audi R10s - ran on a ten percent ethanol-gasoline blend. Sometime during the 2008 season, ALMS organizers plan to have their series become the first to transition to a second-generation biofuel. They plan to shift to an E85 blend that uses cellulosic ethanol.