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    At the risk of sounding like a hippy i was wondering whether its possible to run bioethanol /E85 in our 2-strokes?



    Or does it need weird oils and higher compression to work well? And i heard somewhere it eats rubber bits and needs extra fuel filters etc?!?



    Might have an insider in British sugar who makes the stuff...



    Pete

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    we've been doing some tests on it at the university although i've not been involved, i understand it's pretty aggresive stuff and you need particular fuel lines and filters - it also dissolved some sealant inside some jerry cans and blocked the Formula Ford fuel filters



    not sure how 2 stroke oils will take to it though



    i'll ask about what you'd need and wether it's do-able



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    Take a look at the strand on Carbon Neutral Hovercraft earlier this year. My understanding is that most of our engines can run 10% straight away - don't know about 85%

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonybroad
    - it also dissolved some sealant inside some jerry cans and blocked the Formula Ford fuel filters





    Years ago I worked for a firm making fuel caps for cars; we had all sorts of trouble with bio dissolving the sealing rings inside the fuel caps!



    Aggressive? I'd say so!

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    But it can be potent- i saw a saab with an engine properly modified for 100% ethanol making 300hp from 2litres...

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    Hi Peter,



    Are you sure that wasn't methanol? Methanol is commonly used as a race fuel as it can run at higher compression than petrol. I think there are bike racing classes that use it.



    Whereas the average hippy can tolerate a bit of ethanol, I wouldn't advise giving him methanol.



    Nick


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    Just realised its turbocharged but still quite impressive;



    http://www.whatcar.com/news-article.aspx?NA=224198



    And the russians dont seem to mind methanol!

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