It’s Saturday here in Oz and Team Ethanol will be finishing their run in the World Solar Challenge in Adelaide.
Their Saab BioPower has been running on regular ULP for the last few days. This was planned so that they could get some good comparative fuel economy ratings as well as some emissions data.
They did an emissions test a couple of days ago. By that time they had been running on E85 for a few days straight, so the readings should be reliable. They haven’t posted any of that data yet, but they did say that it was very encouraging. The engineer on the team was actually very excited about it, saying that the software running this engine must be very, very good.
This isn’t the first time TE have done this. They ran an old 1925 Austin on pure ethanol (1,000 litres of it) back in 2005. I’m sure they’re appreciating the creature comforts of the Saab 9-5!
Preliminary fuel consumption figures show them using 8.6 litres of ULP per 100 kilometers as opposed to 10.4 litres of E85. The car is fully loaded with bags, supplies and people, so those figures are pretty respectable, and the real-world difference between the two fuels is less than expected.
Their blog is here.
Their team website is here.
Their Flickr account, with a lot of beer, is here.
As soon as they release some more detailed data about the performance of the car during the trip, you can be sure I’ll let you know.