Friday, November 14, 2008

Racer Attempts Baja 1000 On Veggie Oil-Fueled Car

HOLYOKE, Mass. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The sport of off-road racing will steer towards a greasy new direction if a man from Holyoke, Massachusetts, has his way.

Justin Carven is the CEO of Greasecar Vegetable Fuel Systems, a company that sells vegetable oil conversion kits for diesel automobiles and trucks.

He wants to prove that high-performance cars don’t need to depend on environment-destroying petroleum when vegetable oil is cheaper and has cleaner emissions.

To that end, he’s working on converting a Baja bug to run on vegetable oil and is hoping to race it in the Baja 1000, a grueling car race through the Mexican desert taking place on November 20.

Carven says the veggie oil, which is mostly recycled and filtered from restaurants, delivers plenty of bang for the buck, but speculates that many Americans don’t realize this because the last small cars that ran on vegetable oil – the VW Rabbits from the early ’80s – didn’t have much power to their putt-putts.

He says if the “Greasecar” does well in the Baja 1000, it will go a long way towards showing the potential of veggie fuel.

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