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Author Topic:   Ethanol vs methanol
irace74
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posted December 31, 2001 07:10 AM
has anyone experimented with ethanol in lieu of methanol in their mod? I know that there are a number of highly blended ethanol gasoline combinations. What is the scoop? Wouldn't it be great is we could market renewable energy source racing?


brownstone
Member
posted December 31, 2001 07:51 AM
Check out biodieselhttp://web.missouri.edu/~pavt0689/biofuel.html Then follow the links on it and you'll learn a lot about how and why on all sorts of fuels. I like the one about diesel fuel from french fries! As for saving the planet, it takes more energy to..
1) harvest the seed
2) plant the seed
3) baby sit the seed
4) reharvest product seed for production
5) turn harvested seed into fuel
......than what the fuel will give you when its time to put the tractor away

[This message has been edited by Gene (edited January 01, 2002).]

eracer
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posted January 01, 2002 01:36 PM
quote:
Originally posted by irace74:
has anyone experimented with ethanol in lieu of methanol in their mod? I know that there are a number of highly blended ethanol gasoline combinations. What is the scoop? Wouldn't it be great is we could market renewable energy source racing?

I have been using 100% ethanol in my modified for 4 years now.I have nothing bad to say about it.I have not ever noticed a film or residue as stated earlier.I have even noticed it to be less corrosive.If you would like more info please PM me and I will try to answer as much as I can.


modracr41
Member
posted January 02, 2002 10:26 AM
I understand that the ethanol can be run in lieu of Methanol, but what about cooling? Does it run as cool as methanol, or do you need to run extra cooling lines to the intake and a good shroud as you would with gasoline? Just wondering and ............see ya at the track!!


powercar821111
Member
posted January 02, 2002 01:15 PM
I have ran the blend of e-85 in my b-mod for one year and it worked great. It is 100+ octane out of the pump and costs about a dollar a gallon or so. There is no major modifications needed to be done to a Gas carb with this blend. It doesn't run as cool as meth (at least with this blend) and it isn't corrosive at all. I just ran everything as far as lines and filters the same, no problems all year. It is simple, cheap, clean, and safe. Although it doesn't create as much power as meth,I think it is going to be something that more and more race teams will switch to in the future, I will probably never turn back. Any questions, e-mail me.


36modracer
Member
posted January 03, 2002 12:41 PM
several yrs ago(6,7,8) we were sponsored by the Illinois corn growers and two local counties. part of the deal was to run the ethanol fuel. we ran the e-85 and the e 95 both. we had a bit better luck with the 95 but both were good. It burns much slower than alcohol but as previous posts say it is very clean and good on the motors. We started out with a alcohol carb and it took us most of the season to get it figured out. It was down on power a bit but not a great deal. we only had a little 355 claimer type motor so we didnt have enough power as it was. At the end of the seasons the bearings and all the inner motor parts were like new. I think we still have that carb sitting around in a cabinet. All in all we thought it was good on the engine just that lots of people said you can tell the difference when it burns as they said it stinks. Still think its a good idea just one of those marketing things i guess. I can try to answer anymore questions or point you in the direction of my engine and carb builder in case anyone has any. good question.


powercar821111
Member
posted January 04, 2002 03:23 PM
Yep, it smells, but it doesn't burn your eyes like meth


George Gilliland
Member
posted January 18, 2002 10:57 AM
Chemically Methanol has more oxegen atoms and with a naturally aspired engine, it is capable of more power.