Bio-Diesel (Flowerpower) Mustang
The Bioconcept Car
One of the
last Ford Mustangs to lap the Nordschleife in anger in contemporary
competition was probably one of the late-80s DTM cars; now the Mustang
is set to return to Germany, with a difference. While MCS Racing
from Luxembourg is advertising drives with a conventional V8-powered
example, its other car will be (and there is no way of breaking
this gently to you Ponycar fans out there) - a diesel.
German rapper Smudo’s Fourmotors team has
run a TDI-powered, bio-diesel fuelled Beetle in the alternative
fuels class at the ‘Ring for the last few years; in 2006,
the bio-fuel project continues, but the Volkswagen is a thing of
the past, to be replaced with the new retro-shaped Mustang, and
a diesel engine of as yet undisclosed proportions under the bonnet.
And that bonnet is different, too. To quote the team’s press
release, “in 2006 Smudo's racing vehicle will not only be
driven by renewable raw materials, but also constructed in part
using biogenous materials.” In other words, this Mustang has
“a vegetable-based bodyshell” – they call it the
Why a Mustang? “With respect to the environmental
approach of the project, only racing cars from manufacturers who
credibly represent the topics of racing and commitment to the environment
will be considered,” says the team’s press material.
is supported by "sponsors who showcase themselves in a timely
and established manner via the combination of "young artist
– young cult-auto – young lifestyle“: read PlayStation
2, Kumho, Flowerpower Biodiesel and Red Bull.
290bhp at a weight of only 1000kgs should give its immediate, alternative-fuelled,
competitors something to worry about. More technical details will
be known over the coming weeks, but as the first renderings show,
there are some high-profile partners from the entertainment world
involved, as befits a team with connections to the music industry.
The German government is in on the project, too, providing support
through the Professional Agency of Renewable Raw Materials (FNR),
which – in case you were wondering - is subordinate to the
Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Nutrition and Agriculture
(BMVEL). Scientific backup comes from the German Institute for Air
and Space Travel. So if this Mustang looks retro, under its bio-fiber
body it is anything but.