This is an interesting question.CoupeCruiser09 said:Will this possibly provide a boost for Ethanol production, such that car manufacturers adapt their engines! Not real good for the old bangers is it? Does anyone know much details of the issues with ethanol?
Brazil has been running a nation-wide experiment with ethanol in cars, and you can read about their experiences online. They have had a percentage of the population running on an 85% eth/15% petrol. Another section of the population runs on 100% ethanol.
Interestingly, pure ethanol is 118 RON. Also, it kills the need for a cat. It also does not leave deposits in your fuel system.
The big whinge a year ago about ethanol levels in fuel, I think, was probably (oil) industry driven, but I may be wrong... maybe some of you know more about the problems they were touting.
Some modifications are needed for earlier engines, but I reckon this is an acceptable scenario, considering what we spend on getting extra horses out of our cars anyway. And how many people mod their cars so they can run straight ULP without the additive?
Check out this link: http://running_on_alcohol.tripod.com/
That's where I started reading about it.
I can tell you one thing... I am at the lower end of the economic scale. No mint GTHO for me I'm afraid... but no matter what, if fuel becomes that prohibitively expensive I will seriously look at alternatives to keep my classic going.
For a start I already make my own home brew... but that's because I like the results I get. Better than commercial beer anyday!