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Michigan Corn Farmers Showcase Ethanol as Performance Fuel

Submitted by on January 14, 2011 – 9:57 amNo Comment

(Michigan Ag Connection)  …Ethanol, 200 proof alcohol, is a renewable fuel made from corn. It has been used mainly in automobiles, but is now being looked at for use and increased performance of snowmobiles. The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan (CMPM) has been the proud sponsor of the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge and of the Kettering University team to highlight the use of ethanol.

…The CMPM has partnered with Kettering University for more than seven years to study the concept of using ethanol in recreational vehicles. The study focused on transforming a stock Yamaha Phazer GT snowmobile into a flex-fuel snowmobile, with the ability to run on any blend of gasoline and ethanol up to E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline). Kettering University students studied the effects and benefits of using ethanol through the development of a cleaner burning and quieter snowmobile for the Clean Snowmobile Challenge. The CMPM has been supportive of Kettering University not only for the exposure of engineering students to ethanol, but also as a way to educate the public on the use of ethanol-blended fuels in snowmobiles.

… For the Clean Snowmobile Challenge, teams of engineering students from participating schools take a stock snowmobile and re-engineer it to reduce emissions and noise while maintaining or improving performance.

“With the snowmobile operating on E85, we achieved significant improvements over the 2012 emissions requirements,” added Davis. “We saw a 94 percent reduction in carbon monoxide and a 92 percent reduction in hydrocarbons and nitrous oxides.”READ MORE and MORE (Clean Smowmobile Challenge site)

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