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Volkswagen fuels race cars with biodiesel

By Kris Bevill | February 10, 2009
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Web exclusive posted March 4, 2009, at 10:26 a.m. CST

Houston-based race fuel supplier Hyperfuels has recently been selected to provide biodiesel-blended fuel for Volkswagen's 2009 Jetta TDI Cup race season. Volkswagen's race cars will be fueled with a synthetic B5 sold by Hyperfuels as "SynDiesel."

Jess Hewitt is chief executive officer of Hyperfuels' parent company Gulf Hydrocarbon, a biodiesel marketing firm. Hewitt is also a board member and marketing chairman for the National Biodiesel Board, president of the Biodiesel Coalition of Texas and a former race car driver. "Coming on as a fuel sponsor on the heels of the clean diesel technology announcement by Volkswagen in 2008 makes this a great honor," he said. "If we can help take biodiesel power to the next level then everyone wins."

This is the first year Volkswagen will use biodiesel in its racing cars. Volkswagen of America Inc. Motorsport Manager Clark Campbell said B5 has now been fully approved for all of the company's TDI-powered vehicles. "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," he added.

The only modifications made to Jetta TCI Cup cars from stock are the additions of race suspension and brakes. Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup cars are expected to consume two tanks of B5 during each race this season, which begins April 25 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va. In addition to the approximately $21,000 worth of fuel being supplied for the race cars, Hyperfuels is also providing BioTrucker fuel cards to racing teams on behalf of the NBB so that all transport teams can also fuel their vehicles with biodiesel for the 2009 season.

The TDI Cup racing schedule and a complete driver list can be viewed at www.vw.com. For more information on BioTrucker fuel cards, visit www.biotrucker.com.
 

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