Even though no one really cares how much CO2 emissions a racing car has, Volkswagen is launching a one-make Bio-CNG-powered race series in 2010. With a CO2 reduction of 80 per cent being achieved in combination with Bio-CNG, the Scirocco Cup will become the most eco-friendly one-make championship in the world.
The Cup version of the Scirocco will not race with BlueMotion engines, so there’s no need to worry. The Bio-CNG-racing version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine develops up to 223 hp. A push-to-pass system provides a short burst of increased power of 30 hp to create additional overtaking opportunities and action throughout the race, so things won’t get extremely boring.
The Volkswagen Scirocco Cup gets a 22 liters fuel tank that’s going to be filled with Bio-CNG, a fuel produced from renewable resources such as grass or a special type of maize as well as from refined biological waste. The fuel tank itself is made from a composite material, so it doesn’t get more eco-friendly than this.
“By clinching class victory at the Nürburgring we proved that CNG-powered vehicles not only deliver high fuel economy but also allow very sporty driving. That’s why we’re particularly proud about launching the world’s first one-make cup with CNG-powered vehicles,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen, commenting on the new Scirocco Cup. Maybe we’ll have a solar-powered F1 Series, but we really hope those times are really far away.