Biofuels Go Fast, Go Green; 500 HP E-85 Powered Quad

Published on August 12th, 2009 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Go Fast, Go Green; 500 HP E-85 Powered Quad

For some reason, gearheads and greenies (that is how I refer to you, deal) don’t really seem to get along. There is this huge gap between people who like to go fast and people who are trying to reduce their carbon footprint. I admit, many vehicles with speed as a primary concern are far from eco-friendly, but more so than ever, individuals are modifying their own cars for their own purposes. Whether that is going fast, or going green, turning a wrench is still turning a wrench.

That is why I love this little luxury item (which incidentally costs more than my house). A 500 horsepower super-quad equipped with BMW’s V12 engine that runs only E-85 fuel.

Now the debate about bio-ethanol can rage back and forth ad nauseum. I’ve heard good things, I’ve heard terrible things. The only fact I am sure of is that E-85 provides a higher octane rating than regular petrols. All good gearheads know higher octane means higher compression, which means MORE POWER!

Ahem. Excuse me.

This quad, built by Lazareth Wazuma, is focused around BMW’s infamous V12 engine. It puts the Dodge Thomahawk (a Dodge Viper V10-powered bike) to shame. The narrow rear track is used to keep this high-powered toy on the ground. Alas, anything using a BMW engine is bound to be expensive, and this quad runs a price tag high enough to afford a Ferarri. $283,000. Wow. Not exactly chump change. But is it worth a 500 horsepower bio-fuel quad? Eh…not for me.

But it does bridge a gap between going green and going fast. It drums up interest for alternative fuels. We need more projects like this that are more affordable, and highlight the potential in alternative energy. The Green Revolution needs to happen organically; you can’t just force it down peoples throats. While I doubt this quad will cause many converts, I still see green power as the future of going fast.

Source: Ecofriend




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A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or esle, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



  • Mike

    This is absolutely absurd. It is newsworthy and may create a buzz but it will never go into production and nothing will be learned from it. I’m cool with people having hobbies and ridiculous dreams and if you want to build something like this go right ahead but thee are much better ways to go fast with that V12 and better ways to spend quarter million dollars.

    This quad will not beat a drag car in the quarter mile because of the short wheelbase and lack of a wheelie bar, It will not handle well in the curves and any normal $7000 motorcycle will beat it through a twisty mountain course. So what is the purpose of this machine? To strap a monster engine to something that was never meant to see life on road? Keep Quads on the 4 x 4 trails where they belong and keep exotic sports car engines in sports cars! For the record the Thomahawk was also a stupid idea.

    • Steve

      At least the Tomahawk was beautiful and nicely designed, even if it was just as absurd. This BMW thing is ugly.

  • Mike

    This is absolutely absurd. It is newsworthy and may create a buzz but it will never go into production and nothing will be learned from it. I’m cool with people having hobbies and ridiculous dreams and if you want to build something like this go right ahead but thee are much better ways to go fast with that V12 and better ways to spend quarter million dollars.

    This quad will not beat a drag car in the quarter mile because of the short wheelbase and lack of a wheelie bar, It will not handle well in the curves and any normal $7000 motorcycle will beat it through a twisty mountain course. So what is the purpose of this machine? To strap a monster engine to something that was never meant to see life on road? Keep Quads on the 4 x 4 trails where they belong and keep exotic sports car engines in sports cars! For the record the Thomahawk was also a stupid idea.

  • http://www.technologyslice.com.au Technology Slice

    That car looks cool. Like something out of Batman.

  • http://www.technologyslice.com.au Technology Slice

    That car looks cool. Like something out of Batman.

  • http://www.technologyslice.com.au Technology Slice

    That car looks cool. Like something out of Batman.

  • http://theclutterwar.blogspot.com/ Christopher DeMorro

    Wow Mike, you make an awful lot of assumptions for a car that will never go into production.

    I’m going to assume that for over a quarter-million dollars, these guys did something to ensure this quad can do more than shred tires and flip over. I will probably never know, because it is blasphemously expensive.

    But if I spent that much on a quad, I would drive it EVERYWHERE.

  • http://theclutterwar.blogspot.com/ Christopher DeMorro

    Wow Mike, you make an awful lot of assumptions for a car that will never go into production.

    I’m going to assume that for over a quarter-million dollars, these guys did something to ensure this quad can do more than shred tires and flip over. I will probably never know, because it is blasphemously expensive.

    But if I spent that much on a quad, I would drive it EVERYWHERE.

  • http://thesolarpanelsforhome.com/ anna_hok

    ahh…I think I’ll buy a GSX-R, save myself a bucket of money and kick this thing’s ass

  • http://thesolarpanelsforhome.com/ anna_hok

    ahh…I think I’ll buy a GSX-R, save myself a bucket of money and kick this thing’s ass

  • http://thesolarpanelsforhome.com/ anna_hok

    ahh…I think I’ll buy a GSX-R, save myself a bucket of money and kick this thing’s ass

  • Mike

    The guys who thought this bike up are obviously intelligent and talented so why not put the brains to work creating something that will actually see a production line?

    I guess PR has it’s place and they are hoping a lot of people will come and look at this spectacle and end up buying a family car.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like speed, I like big engines but I also like practical and for things to have a purpose. What is the purpose of a quarter million dollar quad? Off road (where a quad belongs) a $5000 Honda quad would put this thing to shame. On road a Hayabusa GSXR1300 would spank this thing for about $270,000 less.

  • Mike

    The guys who thought this bike up are obviously intelligent and talented so why not put the brains to work creating something that will actually see a production line?

    I guess PR has it’s place and they are hoping a lot of people will come and look at this spectacle and end up buying a family car.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like speed, I like big engines but I also like practical and for things to have a purpose. What is the purpose of a quarter million dollar quad? Off road (where a quad belongs) a $5000 Honda quad would put this thing to shame. On road a Hayabusa GSXR1300 would spank this thing for about $270,000 less.

  • Dogpad

    How did you guys get information on 1/4 mile performance and on road-course performance? I couldn’t find the link to this info – and I don’t understand French….. Thanks in advance for the links if you have them. I guess this is a toy for rich guys only.

  • Dogpad

    How did you guys get information on 1/4 mile performance and on road-course performance? I couldn’t find the link to this info – and I don’t understand French….. Thanks in advance for the links if you have them. I guess this is a toy for rich guys only.

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