UNOH to Run Vehicle in 12th Annual Toyota Green Grand Prix

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Two University of Northwestern Ohio students and two staff members will be traveling to Watkins Glen, New York to compete in the 12th Annual Toyota Green Grand Prix.  The Toyota Green Grand Prix is a showcase of vehicle technology that aims for a cleaner environment and is hosted at Watkins Glen International Race Course on Friday, April 15, 2016.

The single-day event features fuel-efficiency competitions for drivers of alternate-fueled vehicles, hybrids, and traditional gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles.  Individuals, university students, car clubs and manufacturers are all invited to participate.

UNOH will be bringing two vehicles to the event.  First, the 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 dually will be used to transport the 2007 Chevrolet HHR to the event.  The Dodge Ram was converted by students to be able to run on five different fuel types: Diesel, B100, B20, Vegetable Oil, and Propane.  The Dodge Ram will be on display in the exhibit area to showcase the Alternate Fuels program offered at UNOH.  The Chevrolet HHR has a Liquid Injected Propane system conversion kit from ICOM on it, also installed by students.  The HHR can run on either gasoline or propane fuel.  The HHR will be competing in the event under the Modified Production category of vehicles.

The event consists of a 100-mile, fuel economy race on the 2.45 mile short track at Watkins Glen.  There are speed minimums and maximums along with penalties for breaking any of the rules.  The purpose of the event is to showcase environmentally friendly and advanced vehicle technologies.


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Category: Applied Technologies

Keywords: Diesel, Alternate Fuels

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