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"why isn't the engine and fuel system warranted for ten years." He said because
it's too expensive.
So, it wasn't because the car can't use higher than E10, it's because they want
a limit to their warranty exposure.
This is true with all cars sold unchanged in the U.S. and other countries. In
Brazil, for example, the minimum ethanol-gasoline blend is E27. Many of the
gasoline-powered cars and boat engines sold in Brazil are exactly the same as
those sold in the U.S. If the engines can use E27 safely and economically in
Brazil, they can do the same here. But they aren't sold that way, and their owner's manuals in the U.S. say not to use fuel over E10 or E15.
Now, if someone has a new vehicle that's still under warranty, and they're afraid
to void the warranty, I always say that they shouldn't do anything that voids the
warranty. However, there are millions of newish cars that are not under warranty
any longer. Therefore, if a person wants to experiment they should. And I say
the same to you. Here's one of the typical stories I published over the years that
address this issue:
You mention your racing experience. Perhaps you should try racing in a different association, such as one of the associations sponsored by Ignite Racing
Fuels: http://igniteracingfuel.com/index.html. If you visit this website you'll find
all kinds of stories about improved performance with their fuels (Ignite E85, Ignite E98, Ignite 108, and Ignite 114).
Regarding the question of engine optimization; yes, maybe changes have to be
made. So what, that's part of what racing is about? If you normally fish for lake
trout, but you go ocean fishing for sailfish, guess what, you may have to upgrade
your equipment and it will probably cost you money.
Regarding bio-diesel, if it's not readily available it simply means that distribution
has to be increased. But it doesn't mean that bio-diesel won't work in every
state. If people ask for it, or it's mandated by federal law, distribution will increase.
The CNG conversion option is for gasoline powered vehicles. I wasn't talking
about diesel and I don't believe my comments were confusing on this issue. I
wrote, "... EPA has forced on Americans who would like to convert their gasoline-powered vehicles to CNG..."