One common misconception about alternative-fuel vehicles is that they will all be whimpy, gutless cars that are even less fun to drive than they are to look at. But Volkswagen has a long history of going against the grain, and their efforts to bring alternative fuels to the racing world are varied from the Jetta TDI championship to the natural gas-powered Scirocco endurance racers that recently competed in the Nurburgring 24 hour endurance race.
The two cars took home top spots in their class (as they were the only alternative fuel racers out there), but they also finished 17th over all, beating out BMWs, Porches, and the like. Cranking out nearly 300 horsepower from their 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, the compressed natural gas Scirocco is paving the way for other like-minded racers, and having a big name like VW at their back makes it all the more likely that we will see this race class expanding.
Maybe it is just me, but I got bored with petrol-powered racing awhile ago, and while I still love watching a good race of any type, from drag racing to endurance to autocross, I like it all the more when someone does something creative or original with their whip. Other racing outfits like VW’s sibling Audi have played with diesel racers, and the Indy Racing League runs on ethanol gas, but few players have done away with petrol all together like VW. Too bad America won’t be getting any Sciroccos at all…