2009 Jetta TDI Cup Gets Greener Running BioDiesel

March 9, 2009
Volkswagen has announced their intention to make racing greener by utilizing biodiesel for not only the 2009 Jetta TDI racers but also for all the transport trucks and generators during the racing series kicking off at VIRginia International Raceway on April 24th.  Apparently this will reduce the overall emissions of the TDI Cup field by about 2,500 pounds of noxious NOx.

These 2009 Jetta TDI race cars are "stock cars" in the truest sense of the word, as Volkswagen is prepping each one from a standard 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. They do upgrade the brakes, suspension and toss in a cage.  Thirty drivers will be competing in each of  10 rounds with one taking home the big check for $100,000, while the others get a lovely copy of the home game and an SCCA Pro Racing license.

You can buy your own 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and get mileage similar to hybrids, and still have the stump-pulling torque of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel, mated to a six-speed transmission in manual or DSG automatic for $1100.  This car will easily pull down 40 miles per gallon on the open road and starts at $22,270, which is about what the hybrid twins from Japan (Prius and Insight) cost--and it's way more fun to drive, as this picture attests.

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