A little late for anyone in Seattle but it was in the news.
I'm not prepared to support rape at all, even if it is good for the environment.
Yes, this is exactly the kind of publicity biofuels need - get a bunch of lazy millionares onto a yacht and send them on a joyride. This is obviously the perfect solution to all the world's energy problems - if everyone would commute to work in a $1,25 million boat, they could save two bucks a gallon in fuel costs, while reducing their CO2 emissions by 40%. Of course, the energy and materials going into a million dollars' worth of carbon fiber is trivial, don't worry about it!
This is true environmentalism for you.
Um, the point is to promote the technology. When these engines start setting records and winning LeMans, as one just did, diesel will be more readily accepted into the market as a viable alternative to gasoline power. Also, any industry is driven by money. Publicity gets money.
Biofuels are carbon neutral; or nearly so anyway.
What does diesel have to do with anything?
A viable infrastructure for biofuels, with market-ready consumer vehicles, would be much better publicity. This makes about as much sense as GWB rolling around in a hydrogen-powered golf cart, when there's next to zero H infrastructure. Doesn't really sell anything, when there's nothing to sell.
I love biofuels. It's these crazy stunts which annoy me.
But you need the crazy stunts to get the attention of Average Joe Schmuck.
He is running a diesel engine on biodiesel. Both lack market acceptance in the US. Honda is hitting the US market with a diesel hybrid this year, and biodiesel is quickly coming of age, but many people are still fairly clueless.
I think I understand what frustrates you in that this is a publicity stunt, but I also think that publicity has its place and is necessary [valuable to the effort]. Races and record setting have always played a key role in the evolution of new engine technolgies.
When a diesel recently won a leg of LeMans, the guy who told me said that he could barely quit laughing. It is a perception issue.
A kindred project
A biodiesel powered jet car? That is the way to a young man's heart!
Wow, that's one cool looking boat! I wonder if there's room on the river for it here. Maybe when it hits the east coast, I'll have to take a drive out to see it (hopefully it'll head into Baltimore as one of it's stops, since that's closest for me).
Edit: Darn! I just looked at the planned route, and he isn't even coming up the East coast at all.
Thats not a boat, its a fighter jet.
Yeah, but I gotta give him one thing: he is right that he has the coolest boat in the world.
One little catch, though: the vast majority of marine engines are diesel. So whether or not they are accepted in cars isn't all that relevant - he isn't driving a car and the only thing he's doing that is unusual is using diesel from a different source than other boaters.
Regardless, promoting diesel itself is not his goal. His goal is simply promoting biodiesel.
:rofl: I don't care! I'd still love to see the inside of it! I was really hoping he'd travel up the East Coast with it...I'm sure several PFers would have enjoyed a gathering to see that boat!
Oooh! What I would give to pilot that baby!!!
I didn't even consider that would ever be an option, but who knows, maybe if I offer to hang around on deck in a bikini with Bethune, he'd agree to let you pilot the boat for a bit (though, we probably aren't allowed to tell his wife who's at home trying to pay the bills for the thing :uhh:). I'd be happy to just get a ride on that boat!
Is there a "ladies of pf" calendar in our future...?
What, you're not happy with the PF Nuns with Guns calendar?
Still, the idea of a high performace diesel is uncommon in the public mind. When a diesel won a leg of the LeMans, it definitely shocked people.
Ethanol is used in some Funny Cars, and they go fast.
Your point? I could interpret that a couple of ways.
Well, I guess it would make sense. It has more energy but less MPG than gasoline.
:rofl: I see, that does sound funny. :rofl:
A funny car is a type of race car.
Runs on Ethanol.
Sadly, the Earthrace craft was destroyed today in the Antarctic, in a collision with a Japanese whaling boat.
The boat was acquired by the Sea Shepard Conservation Society and renamed the Ady Gil., last October.
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