Ethanol on fast track

Townsville Bulletin - - Saturday Television -

LO­TUS has de­vel­oped what it claims is the world’s quick­est road-le­gal car to run on bio-ethanol fuel.The Ex­ige 265E can roar from 0-100km/h in just 3.88 sec­onds.The pro­to­type has been de­signed with the en­vi­ron­ment in mind and runs on bio-ethanol E85 fuel. Lo­tus’s team chose ethanol be­cause it al­lowed them to en­hance the en­gine per­for­mance and it pro­duces more power than con­ven­tional fos­sil fuel. It fea­tures the same su­per­charged and in­ter­cooled four-cylin­der en­gine found in the Ex­ige S, but this model gen­er­ates 21 per cent more power and 16 per cent greater torque, with 197kW at 8000rpm, and 249Nm of torque at 5500rpm.The head of Pow­er­train for Lo­tus En­gi­neer­ing, Geraint Castle­ton-White, says the 265E was made to prove that green sportscars don’t have to lack in per­for­mance. ‘‘The fact that we have pro­duced a re­search ver­sion of the Ex­ige that is more pow­er­ful than the stan­dard road car is a tes­ta­ment to the ben­e­fits of go­ing green,’’ he says.‘‘It also pro­motes bio-ethanol as a fuel of choice for the en­thu­si­as­tic driver as well as the en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious driver.’’ But Lo­tus says there are no plans to bring the car into pro­duc­tion any time soon.

This may be the world’s fastest car to run on ethanol, the Lo­tus Ex­ige 265E

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