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NExBTL renewable diesel to run in 24-Hour Race at the Nürburgring

1 June 2011

The performance of Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable diesel is to be tested under race conditions for the first time’this summer in Germany. Two teams competing in the ADAC 24-Hour Race at the Nürburgring circuit between 23 and 26 June will run their cars on 100% renewable Diesel Regenerativ. The fuel contains NExBTL renewable diesel and up to 7% conventional FAME biodiesel, both produced from rapeseed oil.

In November 2010, Neste Oil announced its participation in a test program in Coburg, Germany using 15 different vehicles powered by Diesel Regenerativ. Diesel Regenerativ contains either 93% or 98% of Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable diesel and 7% or 2% of conventional FAME-type biodiesel. Both fuels are produced from German rapeseed oil.

Partners in the Coburg trials include:

  • Technologietransferzentrum Automotive der Hochschule Coburg (TAC)
  • Coburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health
  • Volkswagen AG
  • Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute (vTI)
  • AUDI AG
  • OMV
  • Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP)

Neste Oil’s partner in the ADAC 24-Hour Race at the Nürburgring is German-based Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP). The two teams that will compete running on Diesel regenerativ are Four Motors and Tuning Akademie. The Tuning Akademie car will feature the latest Audi A6 engine and emission control technology, while the Four Motors team will be competing with a bioconcept car driven by Smudo, the frontman of the German Fantastic Four band.

Numerous different field tests have confirmed the performance of NExBTL renewable diesel and the benefits it offers in terms of lower emissions, but this will be the first time that it will be tested under competition conditions. We are very excited that this will take place at the renowned 24-Hour Race at the Nürburgring circuit, which has been the showcase for the latest automotive technology for decades.

—Kaisa Hietala, Neste Oil’s Vice President, Marketing

The ADAC 24-Hour Race held at the Nürburgring circuit in Germany is an endurance event open to both sports and production cars. Close to 200 teams and 700 drivers are due to compete on the approx. 25-kilometer circuit in this year’s event, which will be the first at which any competitors use premium-quality 100% biofuel.

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