In order to continue development of the advanced biofuel in a racing environment, Dyson Racing entered one of its cars using the standard Series-approved fuel (car 20), and the other (car 16) on biobutanol.
"This weekend's debut of an ethanol and biobutanol blend in our American Le Mans Series race car is the perfect example of the technical relationship between Mazda and BP," said Robert Davis, Senior Vice President, Product Development and Quality for Mazda North American Operations, in a statement for the press.
"Advanced biofuels such as biobutanol, along with the choice to use a production-derived 2.0-liter turbocharged MZR-R engine, shows the commitment that both Mazda and BP have to bringing clean, efficient, environmentally sensitive technologies to motorsports, and using motorsports to improve those products before we offer them for sale to the general public," added Davis.
Biobutanol benefits facts:
- Blends into gasoline at higher concentrations than ethanol without the need to modify vehicles.
- Offers excellent fuel economy that is close to that of gasoline.
- Can be used alongside ethanol to help improve the performance of ethanol/gasoline blends.
- Can be used in existing gasoline (petrol) supply and distribution channels, eliminating the need for expensive infrastructure investments.
Biobutanol environmental benefits:
- Initial indications are that, on the same feedstock basis, biobutanol delivers emission reductions that are at least as good as ethanol.
- Biobutanol's low vapour pressure (lower than gasoline), means that vapor pressure specifications do not need to be compromised leading to higher VOC emissions.