Historic Michelin Green X Challenge at Petit Le Mans
The Michelin Green X Challenge at Petit Le Mans, October 2, will make history.
The final race of the 2010 American Le Mans Series season, the 10 Hour/1000 Mile Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta, will mark the first time in the history of the Michelin Green X Challenge that entries include all five fuel/energy sources identified by the federal government as part of the U.S. National Energy Policy.
The big 45-car field includes pairs of turbocharged GTL diesels from Audi and Peugeot; the exciting new Porsche flywheel hybrid; the Isobutanol-fueled Mazda; second-generation cellulosic E85R-fueled Corvettes, Ferraris, BMWs and Porsches and the balance of the field on E10 ethanol fuel. The Petit Le Mans will be home to the first North American running of the Porsche Hybrid.
“The objective of the Michelin Green X Challenge is to help accelerate the development of new technologies and energies through competition, and we are indeed seeing the fuels and energies of the future right before our eyes,” said Silvia Mammone, Michelin Motorsports manager.
The competition, which recognizes the Prototype and GT category entrants that go furthest, fastest, with the smallest environmental impact, is administered by the Green Racing steering group. This group is comprised of representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International.