The American Le Mans Series is one of the greenest racing series in the world, with competitors running E10, E85, isobutonal, diesel, and even hybrid systems from Porsche. Next up for the ALMS? Compressed natural gas (CNG) and electric cars…eventually.
Scott Atherton, CEO of the ALMS, was interviewed by Fox Car Reports over this weekend at the races at Lime Rock (I can’t believe I missed it this year, doh!) During the interview, he was asked what alternative fuels he thought would be coming to the series next, and Mr. Atherton would like to see CNG cars hitting the track soon. There has been a lot of interest from both sides of the political spectrum regarding natural gas vehicles as a replacement for petroleum, but I maintain the best way to reach people is via racing. Racing would give CNG vehicles a chance to demonstrate their power and ability compared to other cars, and give us alt-fuel fans another vehicle to cheer for.
Atherton also says that, eventually, he’d like to integrate all-electric race cars into the ALMS, but right now they can’t compete due to the limited range of the batteries. However, he is looking to adding a separate EV racing series to the ALMS racing weekend, and has said that several manufacturers have expressed interest in such an event (cough cough Nissan cough.) I’d like to see a racing series that features all of the alternative fuels competing against each other, including biodiesel, propane, and whatever else you can use to make a car go fast and clean. The ALMS is really sticking to its guns, and the upcoming Baltimore Grand Prix is being touted as the “most sustainable” race in the U.S. ever. Green racing really is the way to go if we want to convince the masses that alternative fuels really are the future.
Source: Fox Car Reports
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.