Neste’s NEXBTL Renewable Diesel Is to Power
CLP Motorsports SLC with 1.9-Liter VW Engine
Neste Oil is promoting a journey across the U.S. on a single fill-up: “A team of motorsport enthusiasts will drive from Atlantic Coast of Florida to the Pacific Coast of California on just one tank of renewable fuel.” The trip is planned for June 21-26.
“This is made possible by NEXBTL renewable fuel that is produced from bio-based raw materials by Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel.”
“We believe this may be a first time for this type of trip,” Neste renewable products executive VP Kaisa Hietala said in a release.
NEXBTL Not Based on Oil
Neste promotes its refinery-made NEXBTL renewable diesel as being able to replace petroleum-based diesel “on a drop-in basis due to having the same chemical properties as … ultra-low sulfur diesel. It can also reduce carbon dioxide emissions compared to conventional diesel by as much as 90% over its lifecycle.”
The Neste alternative is fully compatible with all diesel engines and, with a higher cetane number, the company says, burns more completely than petroleum diesel. NEXBTL is made by processing organic material with hydrogen at high temperatures, yielding a fuel that’s chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel.
A Modified Volkswagen TDI
Neste provides NEXBTL renewable diesel to U.S. refiners, blenders and fuel distributors. It is being made available to consumers at retail stations in Northern California (F&F, March 18).
The vehicle for the cross-country drive, which starts in Atlantic Beach, Fla. on June 21 and is to finish in Santa Monica, Calif. on June 26, is an SLC/Superlite Coupe custom-built by Martinez, Calif.-based CLP Motorsports. The highly aerodynamic car has a lightweight aluminum monocoque chassis and fiberglass body. “The SLC has all of the handling of a race car, but it is street legal and is powered by a modified Volkswagen 1.9-liter TDI diesel engine,” Neste says.
The NEXBTL-fueled SLC will be driven by Golden Gate Petroleum (a NEXBTL vendor) VP and CLP Motorsports owner Pat O’Keefe, CLP Motorsports GM Luke Lonberger, and CLP lead mechanic Michel von Disterlo.
The “guest champion” driver for the Neste Across the USA challenge s Tanner Foust, a four-time X Games gold medal winner, three-time U.S. Rallycross champion, and two-time Formula Drift champion.
The team is expected to travel 60 to 65 miles per gallon of NEXBTL fuel.
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Source: Neste Oil with Fleets & Fuels follow-up