E85 IN L.A.

Mopar Muscle - - Hellcats Beware -

The joys of driv­ing a full E85-fu­eled en­gine aren’t all bliss in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, where fuel sta­tions de­liv­er­ing the high methanol con­tent elixir aren’t plen­ti­ful like they are in the Mid­west. But the sat­is­fac­tion lev­els de­liv­ered via the care­fully tuned pow­er­train are well worth the ef­fort. With a range of around 250 miles per fill up (Mon­tague states cruise mileage at 17 mpg), treks from Monfortes’ home in Lan­caster to Los An­ge­les re­quire reg­u­lar tops for fuel — lo­ca­tions care­fully charted by Monfortes and his E85 com­pa­tri­ots. To shore up for longer hauls, like the reg­u­lar runs made to Las Ve­gas to races at the famed speed­way, 55-gal­lon drums of E85 are sta­tioned at the ready in his garage for him to fill or top off the tank as needed.

While E85 still con­tin­ues to be hard to find in L.A., it’s gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity in re­cent years. While most of the growth is due to the in­creas­ing num­ber of Flex Fuel ve­hi­cles, there’s also a push from the per­for­mance mar­ket, which has slowly un­der­stood its mer­its. And why not — es­pe­cially if you can gen­er­ate close to 1,400 hp and yet main­tain street man­ners as well. That’s the best of all worlds.

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