EPM Describes Rally Racing with Natural Gas as ‘Awesome’

| Spain, Barcelona
EPM's Mitsubishi flies at on Vidreres gravel.

EPM’s Mitsubishi flies above Vidreres gravel.

Last weekend EPM Gas Motorsport put its Compressed Natural Gas powered Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X through its paces at Vidreres Rally, round 6 of a series of motor rallies in Spain. The EPM Lancer is the only natural gas vehicle competing in the series that takes place every year in the Catalonia region. Read more »

Four ŠKODA Citigo G-TECs to start in Monte-Carlo Alternative Energy Rally

| Czech Republic, Mlada Boleslav

Skoda Citigo G-TECŠKODA will be starting at the ‘Rallye de Monte-Carlo des Énergies Nouvelles’ from 20 to 23 March with four natural gas-powered Citigo 1.0 G-TECs. The event is described as the most prestigious competition for vehicles with alternative drive. The most important criterion is the energy efficiency rating on the 1,000+ kilometre route. Read more »

Gazprom and Volkswagen Rejoin Forces for Scirocco RCup 2014

| Germany, Berlin

VW and Gazprom Germania at Scirocco RCup-24_CNGVolkswagen aims for 20 natural gas models by mid-2014; Gazprom Germania aims for 35 operating NG stations by late 2015

Volkswagen Motorsport and GAZPROM are to cooperate on the Volkswagen Scirocco RCup,  the world’s only single-make race in which all vehicles are powered by natural gas. From May 2014, the Russian energy company will again be the exclusive motor-fuel supplier. GAZPROM will be represented by its logo at the opening races at Hockenheim (2-4 May). Read more »

Gas-fueled KAMAZ Truck Completes Silk Way Rally

| Russia

Gas-fueled KAMAZ truck accepts all Silk Way challengesThe international Silk Way Rally (July 5-13) is over with a top-ten finish for a natural gas-fueled KAMAZ truck. The KAMAZ 4911 completed all seven stages of the race in less than 42 hours, just 5.5 hours behind the leader. Most of the 2,700 kilometer route ran off-road, through sands and steppes. Summing up the results of the race, the team finished eighth in the overall ranking of 22 trucks that completed the rally. Read more »

Gas-fuelled KAMAZ Truck Completes Stage 2 of Silk Way Rally

| Russia

Kamaz 4911 Sports Truck on Silk Way Rally Jul 2013Gazprom and Russian truck manufacturer KAMAZ have entered a natural gas powered sport truck in this year’s Silk Way Rally. The truck was customized by the KAMAZ Master team with Gazprom’s assistance in order to promote natural gas use as a vehicle fuel. After two days of difficult off-road racing the team finds itself 9th in the overall ranking of truck vehicles after two stages. Read more »

Maxximus LNG 2000 Receives Car of The Year Award

| USA, Miami FL
Dr. D. Bruce McMahan and The Maxximus LNG 2000. (Photo: WRA )

Dr. D. Bruce McMahan and the Maxximus LNG 2000. (Photo: WRA )

The Maxximus LNG 2000, the brainchild of financier Bruce McMahan has been named winner of Car of the Year 2012 Award by the World Record Academy (WRA), the world’s largest organization which verify & certify world records. The natural gas vehicle has been recognized for its overall balance and the outstanding achievements in speed, fuel efficiency, dynamics and originality. Read more »

Aston Martin Rapide S H2 Hybrid Headed for Nürburgring

| United Kingdom and Austria
The Aston Martin aims for an emissions-free lap at the Nürburgring 24 Hours

The Aston Martin aims for a CO2 emissions-free lap at the Nürburgring 24 Hours

Aston Martin will race a pioneering hybrid hydrogen car at the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring in May. The company claims the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S – based on it’s new four-door, four-seat sports car – will become the first hydrogen-powered car to compete in an international event as well as the first zero CO2 emissions sports car to complete a race pace lap at the Nürburgring 24-hour race. Read more »

Kristoffersson and Biomethane STCC Champions for 2012

| Sweden, Solvalla

Johan Kristoffersson is STCC Champion for 2012

The 2012 Swedish Touring Car Championship has been hotly contested all year, with two teams, each racing two biomethane-powered VW Scirocco, helping to create a suspense filled finish. After race seven of an eight-race season Volkswagen Team Biogas (Team biogas.se) driver Johan Kristoffersson needed two wins from the final two races at Solvalla to take out the championship. Driver skill, teamwork, VW design and biomethane-generated power (280 Nm, 310 hp) triumphed on the day. Read more »

OSU Formula Race Team Sets New World Record

| USA, Oklahoma

The CNG-powered Formula Racer sets new mileage and endurance record

Oklahoma State University’s OKstate Racing team set a new 24-hour mileage and endurance record at the Hallett Racing Circuit again this year with their compressed natural gas (CNG) powered Formula race car, completing 428 laps by Monday morning, or 100 more laps (180 miles – 290 kms) more than the record that was set last year.“Our improved tuning put more power to our suspension. We fought suspension failures all 24 hours, but we persevered. What a team!” said Jim Beckstrom, OKstate Racing team adviser, who is also thanking all those who supported the program this year. Read more »

Penultimate 2012 STCC Race Weekend Yields More Podiums for Biogas Teams

| Sweden, Knutstorp

The Volkswagen squad pocketed two podium finishes in the seventh Scandinavian Touring Car Championship race weekend. In the first race around the Knutstorp track it was Swede Patrik Olsson of IPS Team Biogas who took second place with his Scirocco CNG, also finishing fourth in Race 2. In the second race Jordi Gené (Spain) of Volkswagen Team Biogas mounted the podium for IPS Team Biogas thanks to his third place. Gené also achieved sixth place in Race 1. Read more »

Podium Finishes for Biomethane Scirocco Drivers at STCC Östersund

| Sweden

Biomethane power on display at Östersund

Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC) season leader Johan Kristoffersson, driving a biomethane powered VW Motorsport Scirocco, and last season champion Rickard Rydell in a Chevrolet Cruze, remain locked in a struggle for dominance after exciting races last weekend at the Östersund circuit in Sweden. Read more »

Kristoffersson and Biomethane Combine for Scirocco Victory at Mantorp Park

| Sweden

VW Sciroccos racing at Mantorp Park

The Swedish Touring Car Championship held an event last weekend at the Mantorp Park circuit in Mjölby Municipality, Sweden.  A victory and a fourth place by Johan Kristoffersson, driving a biomethane-powered VW Motorsport Scirocco for Team biogas.se sees him at the top of the championship ladder. After 4 of 8 events in 2012, Kristoffersson leads last year’s winner by 9 points. Read more »

Patrick Racing Brings Natural Gas to American Le Mans

| USA, Jackson MI and Braselton GA

Patrick Racing's LMPC entry vehicle for 2013

“Natural gas-powered cars … have a compelling story to tell, and we have the ability to tell that story at 200 mph.” Ralph Hansen, Pegasus Marketing

Embracing natural gas as a safe and abundant transportation fuel, the Patrick Racing Team has entered into an agreement with the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), sanctioning body for the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), to identify development and testing opportunities for the fuel system to power the Series’ Prototype Challenge class beginning in the 2013 season. Read more »

Biomethane Sciroccos Dominate Championship Table in STCC after Round 2

| Sweden, Knutstorp

Biomethane-powered VW Scirocco at Knutstorp

After completion of the second round of the Swedish Touring Car Championship, at Knutstorp last weekend, the drivers of all four biomethane-powered VW Motorsport Sciroccos, two each for Team biogas.se and IPS Team Biogas, are placed in the top six on the championship table. In a tight battle with two conventionally-powered WTCC-specification Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T competitors the 2.0 litre turbocharged Super 2000 spec Volkswagen Scirocco teams believe they will continue to improve, looking forward to the forthcoming Malmö event to test out vehicle handling adjustments.

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Biomethane-Powered Sciroccos Dominate 2012 STCC Round 1 at Mantorp Park

| Sweden

Kristoffersson pulling away at Mantorp Park, the first round of STCC 2012

The Swedish Touring Car Championship season is off to a flying start for two racing teams driving VW Sciroccos powered by biomethane, at Swedens Mantorp Park circuit last weekend. Team biogas.se is racing in its third season, joined this year by newcomers IP Team Biogas. Both teams are fielding two cars, both running with support from Volkswagen Sweden and energy company E.ON. Johan Kristoffersson from Team biogas.se won both opening races, leading from lap one to the finish, to claim the maximum 50 championship points for the event. Read more »