Audi TDI Place Second in European LeMans

 

I’ve posted in the past about a possible hybrid LeMans car and performance diesels, but today there is some actual news on some non-gasoline race cars from Audi. As reported by AutoBlogGreen, Audi recently took second place in their first showing with the diesel-powered cars in the European LeMans (this is after having raced these cars since 2006 outside of Europe).





Sure, a diesel engine isn’t that much different from a gasoline engine, when you really get down to it (in terms of environmental impact in racing), but it’s interesting to see a shift from the traditional thinking in auto racing. As we all know, sometimes an idea has to hit the limelight before it hits the showroom floor, even if it is more practical.

So what do you think? Is this a good thing or is racing just racing, no matter what fuel is used?





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Benjamin Jones is a student of Dartmouth College and co-founder of EcoModder.com and writer at CollegeVegan.com. He is double majoring in Japanese and Linguistics, and is most interested in Sociolinguistics and Anthropology in Japan.

  • Aron

    First of all road racing is incredible fun. Though it is wasteful it probably doesn’t come close to all of those grocery store trips in suburbia. That said I think any time racing branches out into alternate technologies there is a chance that something good may come of it.

    If luck would have it that biodiesel from algae turns out to be a viable option and then furthermore we start to see diesel engines on the winner’s podium; it will begin to cement the image of a high-performance sustainable biofuel car in the mind of the average person.

    Given different restrictions placed on different motor racing classes it forms the ideal test-bed for vehicle technology. For instance, many classes have restrictions on how much fuel may be carried. In such classes the engineers have an immense interest in getting the most possible performance out of a given fuel load. Certainly that is at the high end of the performance curve but many of the advances do end up in the family car or commuter motorcycle eventually.

  • Aron

    First of all road racing is incredible fun. Though it is wasteful it probably doesn’t come close to all of those grocery store trips in suburbia. That said I think any time racing branches out into alternate technologies there is a chance that something good may come of it.

    If luck would have it that biodiesel from algae turns out to be a viable option and then furthermore we start to see diesel engines on the winner’s podium; it will begin to cement the image of a high-performance sustainable biofuel car in the mind of the average person.

    Given different restrictions placed on different motor racing classes it forms the ideal test-bed for vehicle technology. For instance, many classes have restrictions on how much fuel may be carried. In such classes the engineers have an immense interest in getting the most possible performance out of a given fuel load. Certainly that is at the high end of the performance curve but many of the advances do end up in the family car or commuter motorcycle eventually.