There’s a couple of interesting BioPower stories floating around today.
Ted’s acknowledged the first one in comments, which is a rather well-written quick piece at a site called T3. They’ve taken the new BioPower 9-3 for a spin and put pen to paper in neat fashion:
Not only is it a damn fine looking automobile: it’s got so much more than the fine, sleek curves of a Swedish sports car. Most notably: Underneath the muscular bonnet breathes an omnivorous monster called the 2.0t BioPower engine. Feed it petrol, and it happily chugs away, offering 185 horsepower to play with – not too shabby, but pour E85 bio ethanol down its gullet, and it transforms into a nearly unrecognisable beast. Suddenly, you’ll find yourself in effortless control 200 rampant ponies.
I’d post a little more, but that’s about a quarter of the entire piece right there. Ted’s posted another quarter of it in comments. A piece well worth 2 minutes of your time.
The second one is an Australian piece.
A government minister in Western Australia has taken the 9-5 BioPower out for a drive on the track.
The benefits of a Western Australian biofuels industry was put on display today when Agricultural and Food Minister Kim Chance showed his rally driving prowess.
The racing enthusiast got behind the wheel of an ethanol-fuelled Saab BioPower, the first ethanol-powered production car in Australia.
Mr Chance’s display at the Barbagallo Raceway in Neerabup came as the State Government was set to consider the recommendations of the Western Australian Biofuels Taskforce Report following the conclusion of the public comment period last week.
It’s part of an ongoing discussion here in Oz about Biofuels. I’d always thoght that Queensland was the main biofuel contender but the good folk of Wester Australia obviously want to throw their hat into the ring as well.
More of it, I say.
The reaction appeared to be quite positive and I’ll be making some inquiries to try and check out exactly how far the discussion has progressed. Saab are launching the 9-5 BioPower here shortly, despite the lack of availability of E85, but perhaps the future is coming quicker than we think.