Volkswagen Using B5 Biodiesel For 2009 Jetta TDI Cup Season

[social_buttons] Volkswagen, which introduced its Clean Diesel Technology on the race track in 2008, announced it’s using B5 biodiesel to power its race cars, transport vehicles and generators for the 2009 Jetta TDI Cup season.

“We are extremely pleased to have HYPERFUELS as a partner for the 2009 Jetta TDI Cup series. SynDiesel® B5 biodiesel has been fully approved for use in all Volkswagen TDI powered vehicles that are available at local Volkswagen dealerships today,” said Clark Campbell, Motorsport Manager, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “The addition of SynDiesel B5 biodiesel in the Jetta TDI Cup race cars further demonstrates the feasibility of biodiesel as an alternative fuel source for American consumers and supports the clean and green racing of the Jetta TDI Cup series,” added Campbell.

One reason, diesel powered vehicles offer more low-end torque than traditional gasoline engines, providing quicker off-the-line acceleration. Additionally, the Jetta TDI’s “common rail” direct injection system has great fuel economy over gasoline engines and reduces sooty emissions by 95 percent, even during a race!

The season starts on April 25 at VIRginia International Raceway, and the series champion will win $100,000.

During the 2009 season, the Jetta TDI Cup cars will consume approximately two tanks of B5 biodiesel during race conditions and overall carbon emissions produced by the series will be reduced by 2,583 pounds as a result of the new fuel. These environmentally-friendly characteristics  also qualify consumers for a $1,300 Federal Income Tax Credit, in case you want one. Just don’t drive like you’re on a race track!

If you don’t  feel like paying for one, there is always the free route. Check out KCRW’s Jetta TDI Clean Diesel Sweepstakes!

Jerry James Stone

is a web developer, part-time blogger, and a full-time environmentalist. His crusade for all things eco started twenty years ago when he ditched his meat-and-potatoes upbringing for something more vegetarian-shaped. His passions include cooking, green tech, eco politics, and smart green design. And while he doesn't own a car anymore, he loves to write about those too. Jerry studied at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time there he was a DJ at the campus station KCPR and he also wrote for the campus paper. Jerry currently resides in San Francisco, CA with his cat Lola. You can stalk him on Twitter @jerryjamesstone.