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Corsa Motorsports Creates Hybrid Le Mans Racer, Goes Quietly Into That Green Night

Posted in auto industry, Biofuel, Car Tech, Cars, Design, Diesel, Electric Cars, Emissions, Fast Cars, Fuel, Fuel Cell, Hybrid, Hybrid Technologies, Racing by Suzanne Denbow | September 9th, 2008 | Leave a Reply |

According to FOXNews, the American Le Mans Series has teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency to create the “Green Challenge”, a harbinger of the apocalypse intended to promote the use of alternative fuel technologies. In addition to overall performance, participants in Le Mans will also be ranked by the amount of energy their vehicles use and the size of their subsequent carbon footprint.

Reigning LMP1 champs like Audi R10 are already powered by enviro-friendly diesel or ethanol-converted engines, but Corsa Motorsports is changing the game entirely with their Zytek LMP1 hybrid racer.

Developed jointly with hybrid part supplier and racing engineer, Zytek Group, the Zytek LMP1 hybrid racer is capable of reaching speeds well over 200mph and is technically classified as a serial hybrid. Powered dually by gasoline and electric engines, the Zytek LMP1 features a lithium ion battery-powered 50-hp electric motor that is directly connected to a 4.5L V8 gasoline engine, configured to run on the E10 ethanol/gasoline blend of fuel. Entered to compete in Le Man’s top LMP1 prototype division, the Zytek LMP1 is scheduled to make its preliminary debut October 2 at the Petit Le Mans event at Road Atlanta.

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