Is e85 a passing fad?

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  1. MORBOOST

    MORBOOST Member

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    Serious discussion on the outlook of e85, we all know by now of the benefits but will it even be available at the pump in the next few years?
    Is planning a build around it a kin to those building around Av gas?
    It made sense when the deal was struck with holden to bring flex fuel to the pump, as some sort of green initiative. In reality it was a flop and drivers soon learned it was costing more to fill up than 91 when taking into account the poor fuel economy. Bp packed it in now we are left with one on the pump supplier, united started mixing it with 98 and calling it race e85 with a markup, realistically they could start charging $3 and litre tomorrow with no competition or they could stop serving it at all over night, then what buy in barrels?
    So is e85 a passing fad?
     
  2. Shane001

    Shane001 Well-Known Member

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    Maybe for street use, certainly not for race use.
     
  3. MikeZ32

    MikeZ32 das Über member

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    pro: more power

    cons:
    shit fuel economy
    halve the maximum range of your car
    absorbs water if you leave it sitting too long so shit tank life which means it suits regular use yet the low range kinda ruins that option.

    lots of cons, only one pro i can see.
     
  4. Shane001

    Shane001 Well-Known Member

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    Haha yes, but the most important pro :)

    Also safer fuel for turbo cars. Less possibility of detonation and helps cool the fuel/air mix.
     
  5. MORBOOST

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    roo16 would be better in this case?
     
  6. Shane001

    Shane001 Well-Known Member

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    lol what are you on mate! $15 a litre, not likely.
     
  7. MORBOOST

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    Im on a question mark, this syblom ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? after text means a question. didnt know it was $15 dollars a litre
     
  8. Fists

    Fists Well-Known Member

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    Exchange rate and oil price have just spiked again plus the cost of local ethanol production will probably drop a bit once the drought brakes. I would be surprised if e85 was gone from the bowsers before you got bored of a 400kw Z, plus you should definitely be running flex fuel either way so you wont lose a huge amount of power when running 98.
     
  9. Chrispy

    Chrispy Pretentious Upstart

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    Government legislation and oil price will dictate the future of E85. With all the stuff going on about Paris Agreement etc it could go either way. I wouldn't be surprised to see it go from servos - can't be too many using it at the moment.
     

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