September 5th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Holden has made slight fuel-efficiency improvements across its V6-powered Commodore range with a model year 2012 update on-sale early October.
The Commodore Omega sedan, powered by the 3.0 litre SIDI V6 engine, achieves new fuel economy of 8.9L/100km, down from 9.1L/100km on the previous model.
Fuel consumption has been an area of development and improvement since the launch of the VE range in 2006. Fuel economy on the entry-level Omega sedan has improved 18% over the life of the model with the addition of Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) technology, calibration improvements and other weight saving and aerodynamic tweaking.
With the model year update all Commodore vehicles will become flex-fuel capable, with 3.6L SIDI V6 engine powering models like the popular SV6, now also able to run on bio-ethanol/E85; a blend of up to 85 per cent ethanol and 15 per cent petrol. While Bio-ethanol isn’t available from many service stations yet, it can be found at some Gull service stations.
Speaking at the Alternative Fuels Summit in Australia this week, Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mike Devereux, said Holden had taken a leadership position, advocating for and stimulating demand for bio-ethanol. Continue reading “Holden improves fuel economy for V6-powered Commodore” »
April 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Holden New Zealand and Gull service stations has just announced that E85 bio-fuel will go on sale in New Zealand for the first time.
Gull will open its first pump, selling as Gull Force Pro, in Hamilton today (14 April) and is expected to increase the number of sites throughout the country as demand grows.
Holden’s Energy and Environment Director Richard Marshall said the ethanol-blend fuel, also known as E85, would be suitable for 3.0 litre V6 and V8 models in the latest Holden Commodore VE Series II range.
The E85 fuel will be sold at Gull with an opening price of $2.26 per litre with a 5 cents per litre opening special. Early adopters of this eco-fuel can expect a increase in power from its higher octane rating but also an increase in fuel usage due to it containing less energy than conventional petrol.
“In a major step towards creating a cleaner New Zealand fuel landscape, VE Series II customers who purchase models powered by 3.0 Litre SIDI V6 or 6.0 Litre V8 engines will be able to run their cars on this high ethanol blend fuel, which can reduce vehicle CO emissions by between 35-50 per cent when compared to petrol*,” Mr Marshall said.
Gull Force Pro is a fuel blend of 85 per cent ethanol with 15 per cent petrol. While flex-fuel vehicles in the Series II range are capable of running on this fuel, they can also run on E10, unleaded, premium or any combination. Continue reading “Bio-ethanol E85 fuel launched in NZ through Gull” »
March 24th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
When Koenigsegg unveiled its brand new Agera R supercar at the recent Geneva Motor Show it received a lot of attention. With a flat white ‘Speed Racer’ style paint job and over 800kW on tap this is clearly a machine not for the feint-hearted. But the exotic Swedish automaker has only now released the full specifications, and they are suitably staggering.
Under the bonnet the Agera R is packing a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that produces a massive 691kW on standard 95-octane gasoline, but fill the tank with an E85 bio-ethanol blend and you’re going to get a whopping 820kW. All the power is distributed to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, that means a 2.9-second sprint to 100 kph.
The engine is a total beast but there is more to the Agera R than just straight line speed. The carbon-Kevlar body generates 300 kilos of downforce at 250 km/h helped by the car’s turbine wheels which are wrapped in specially-made Michelin rubber. According to Koenigsegg this supercar will also pull a neck-pulling 1.6 g around the skid pad – a figure that can’t be beaten by almost anything else on four wheels. Continue reading “Koenigsegg reveals Agera R supercar specifications” »
December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Driven at the 2008 Indy 500, the pace car runs on ethanol
June 11th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
After the recent announcement from Lamborghini that they will start developing hybrid technology, Ferrari is now rumoured to be heading in a similar direction. In a recent interview, Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa hinted towards the fact that a Ferrari hybrid concept is in the works. Felisa said that in order for the company to comply with the 2014 European emissions standards, Ferrari will need to develop new technologies away from its current engine line-up.
Apart from the Ferrari hybrid concept vehicle, the company is also exploring turbocharging and using bio-fuel (E85). Felisa said the ECU of the new Ferrari California is already capable of running on E85.
Felisa went on to say the Ferrari hybrid concept will have its debut shortly, at one of the upcoming North American car shows.