Its is not being used for racing purposes strictly because its cheap and available.I didn't read all the article but had quite a conversation some years ago with a guy that ran quarter mile pro stock cars. He was running E85 many years ago and they were making a lot of power with it but it takes lots and lots of it. I don't remember the numbers as I wasn't really interested, but it took a lot of fuel compared to "real" gasoline. It was readily available and relatively cheap in comparison to "racing fuel" was the big reason for the privateer.
Don't put it in anything not designed to be able to run on it.
It makes no sense as common auto fuel. Less mileage doesn't usually work out to the cost "savings" and I personally think the whole "renewable" ethanol thing is an economic and environmental sham.
Rubber fuel line that can handle methanol along with ethanol has been readily available for a number of years. The only times drag, sprints, etc. racing engines are torn down is at the end of the racing season unless a problem occurs during it. Of course the high level pro divisions tear down more often, but its not because of the fuel.There is a huge difference between someone drag racing a 1/4 or 1/8th mile trying to get every ounce of power out an engine that gets torn down and rebuilt every few weeks versus someone who daily drives a vehicle that they need to last 10-15 years. Make no mistake, ethanol laced fuels are hard on you entire fuel system, and over the long term can and do accelerate corrosion and deteriorate rubber components. It also causes moisture to be absorbed into the fuel which further exacerbates corrosion issues.
That would be funny if it were anywhere close to being true. Tortillas are made from White Corn. The US grows 80,000,000 bushels of WC.Corn is wonderful for tortillas....... it has no place in mainstream use as a fuel.
I'm not sure what the point of the posting was on a MC forum board. Are there any production motorcycles built/in use that use E85?? Not many GW drag racers out there or using E85...Never ceases to amaze me how far off track posts can get in this forum. I knew it would at some point when I made the post, but I sure didn't expect it to go down hill this quick !! LOL.
All forms of high performance racing use it, including motorcycles. I thought the post in General Discussion would be something interesting/different for those that don't know about it. It appears that some thought the article was about GWs using E85 due to the title and didn't bother reading.I'm not sure what the point of the posting was on a MC forum board. Are there any production motorcycles built/in use that use E85?? Not many GW drag racers out there or using E85...
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it sounds like to me that you dont realize the the fossil fuel industry is also subsidized to the tune of billions of dollars a year.What I dislike about our USA ethanol fuel program is the politics of it, the economics about it, and the restrictions it places upon our freedom of choice for fueling our motorcycles. In my area, I have to expose my motorcycles, other vehicles, and some equipment to it. That it may or may not cause harm to the machinery or pocketbook is one aspect, but I hate not having the freedom of choice.
My only non-sober fuel experience is with E-10, and on occasion it is sometimes less than 10% or apparently absent at our pumps that are marked "Up to 10%". There is NO local choice for sober gasoline. But if they had a pump that said sober fuel, I would be able to choose to buy it, or the alternative. I like our farmers and their products, but sound economic policy should place strict time limits on subsidies that phase out so that produce survives based upon supply and demand. We are up to our arm pits in crude oil here in the USA, we do not need the supplement for the sake of saving resources, if it does save anything. If oxygenated fuel is better and causes no harm, then the market should support the product without continued subsidy. At the pumps we could have Sober Regular, Drunken Regular, and Whatever Premium; i.e., a choice.