Via Autoblog Green (thanks Gripen), here’s some footage of a new standing mile speed record – set by a car running on E85 ethanol.
It’s a Dodge Viper, not a Saab, but it seems to be getting a fair bit of coverage, which is another little cog in the wheel of promoting E85 in the US.
It caters to my tastes too. Saab’s marketing of ethanol centres around it’s environmental credentials but my interest in using it is that old Clarkson adage: Poooowwwweeeeeerrrrrrrrrrr!
Here’s the clip. Autoblog Green have more of the facts.
Whilst we’re talking E85 and Black Turbo (what, weren’t talking Black Turbo – oh well), I got a note in my inbox the other day alerting me to the fact that BSR now have a tuning kit for your V6 9-3 Aero that’ll not only make it E85 compatible, but also boost the living daylights out the performance.
The kit comprises a PPC tune, uprated turbo, new injectors and sports exhaust. Note, the new injectors, considered necessary to cope with the nature of the fuel. I’m pretty sure Saab also put E85-proof fuel lines, tank and now even a different fuel pump into their BioPower cars. Still, there’s other tuners out there who don’t even mention injectors, so….
Power is up from the regulation 250hp to a whopping Black Turbo-esque 320hp and torque waaaaaay up to 520 Nm.
It’s an expensive upgrade, but Man, that’s a lot of grunt.
Thanks note-leaving person who’s name is on the email on my Mac at home but not here with me now. You know who your are!