The upcoming season is being heralded as the dawning of the E100 era, but it turns out this is actually a misnomer. Trackside Online has reported in their latest podcast that the Ethanol fuel that will be used to power the 2007 IndyCar series is actually closer to E98. It seems you can’t actually have 100% ethanol because some poor sod might try to drink the stuff, which would require some sort of oversight by the ATF or some such governmental entity.
So what is required to avoid this legal madness is a “denaturing agent” to serve as the other 2%. Despite sounding a lot like a really expensive adult beverage, the denaturing agent in this case is gold old gasoline. This means that for this first time since the 1960s, any fire that occurs will be visible due to a slight orange tint. No more pit crew members rolling around on the ground looking like they have been attacked by a poltergeist.
This also means at some point in the near future we’re likely going to gasp in horror at a spectacular looking explosion.
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