We’ve covered the numerous benefits of ethanol-based fuels over and over on this blog, but rarely through the eyes of the gearhead speed-junkies that make up the core of America’s automotive enthusiasts and enthusiast press. If you’ve spoken to this bunch, you already that most talk of climate change and Peak Oil concerns fall on deaf ears. What matters is power, everything else is irrelevant.
Of course, it’s easier to simply ignore this group, but the (sad?) truth of the matter is that many consumer still make their purchasing decisions based on what their “car friends” tell them. In short: this group, more than any other, is a group that must be reached for the “green car” movement to really take hold.
Richard Garcia, owner of the Arizona-based Dyno-Comp, is all about building cars for maximum turbo boost – the holy grail of performance tuning. After pushing as far he could go with regular gasoline, Rich took a hard look at alternative fuels, to get his customers’ cars to the next level. “The E85 has a significantly higher octane rating than the 91 octane fuel common here in Arizona,” he explains. “The E85 around here carries a 105 octane rating, which is even better than the 100 octane race fuel a lot of these guys run. It burns cleaner, so emissions isn’t a problem. E85 runs cooler, too, which helps in the hotter climate.”
Rich cites another benefit to the E85: cost savings. “100 octane race gas costs about $7.99 a gallon here. Even 91 octane costs over $3.00, easily, while the E85 averages about $2.79. Over time, this is a huge saving. Besides that, there are more than 2000 E85 filling stations in the US, 15 of them here in Phoenix, alone, so the convenience is there. With this tuning kit, we can make the horsepower the customer wants, save them money in the long run, and not sacrifice fuel economy or emissions.”
This is a great solution for owners of cars like the STi and Mitsubishi Evo X who are looking for more power, and who usually begin their quest for more power by gutting their car’s factory emissions-control systems!
Like it or not, the enthusiasts need to be reached for a universal change to happen (whether that change is to cleaner-burning bio-fuels, fuel cells, or full electric) and offering them more of what they want (power) in a more environmentally responsible package that doesn’t punish their pocketbooks is a great way to start.
For more information on Dyno-Comp’s green-tuning products, visit their website.
Photos courtesy of Dyno-Comp, from their blog.