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Audi wants to make Petrol(Gas), from Water, CO2. Sunlight

Now I posted prior that they are looking at Synthetic Diesel, but this is Synthetic Petrol(Gas) Two promising avenues of study are pointing to a future of off-set fuels for internal-combustion engines – and Audi is leading the way with the help of corporate partners. As long as three years ago we reported that Audi had set to work producing bio-diesel from waste products and genetically-modified bacteria, but now the car manufacturer and its partners have gone a step further. Late last month Audi announced it had produced the first batches of a synthetic diesel, 'e-diesel', at a new production plant in Dresden, Germany. The plant is operated by a team named Sunfire, which takes renewable energy from wind, solar or hydro-electric sources, and splits hydrogen and oxygen atoms apart in water molecules by the process of reverse electrolysis. In an explanation published by Gizmag, the remaining hydrogen is mixed with carbon monoxide (converted from carbon dioxide by removing one oxygen atom from each molecule). This blending of hydrogen and CO yields long-chain hydrocarbons that Audi refers to as 'blue crude'. Some of the CO2 is supplied from a biogas facility, but some of its take directly from the atmosphere. The e-diesel produced by this method burns cleaner in diesel engines, since there's no sulphur content. Audi and Sunfire anticipate that the fuel could go on sale – once production is set up on an industrial scale – for not much more per litre than the pump price for the fossil fuel equivalent. In the weeks since then, Gizmag has also reported a similar scheme for synthetic petrol production. Audi's partner for the project this time around is Global Bioenergies, which has developed a procedure to extract gaseous isobutane from renewable biomass sugars. The process begins with the biomass, like corn-derived glucose, and the conversion to gaseous isobutane results in a substance that is the building block for plastics and fuels. In this case, Global Bioenergies sends the gaseous isobutane from its home base in France to Germany, where the substance becomes synthetic, 100 octane petrol. This is referred to as either Isooctane or, within Audi, as 'e-benzin'. Once again, as with the 'e-diesel', the 'e-benzin' contains no sulphur, but it also contains no trace of the toxic chemical benzene. According to the makers, e-benzin is also better for performance engines running a high compression. "To me this is a historic moment," said Global Bioenergies CEO Marc Delcourt, as quoted in the Gizmag article. "It is the first time that we have produced real gasoline from plants." In the short term, Audi and Global Bioenergies will set their sights on commercialising the process and ramping up production. A new plant will be established in Germany, to produce 100 tonnes of isobutane and isooctane during 2016. And further down the track, the partners will put aside the renewable biomass in favour of working directly with water, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and sunlight alone to produce e-benzin. When that happens, Audi will be involved in two distinct production processes making combustible synthetic diesel and petrol from water, air and sunlight.
RobertRyan 05/26/15 02:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: CEO Of Chrysler, Marchionne In Merger Talks With GM?

Oh the thought of Jeep being made by GM makes my skin crawl. Gee I remember when Jeep used the 90 degree Buick V6....one of the finest engines ever made. I remember when Jeep was built by AMC... And then Chrysler took over. I seriously doubt GM will partner, purchase, merge, in any shape or fiscal form with Fiat or the Chrysler Corp. division. I believe Marchionne already posed the question to GM, Ford, Apple and perhaps Microsoft with no takers. I'm older than dirt :Band I recall the days when Jeep was Willys Jeep. I wonder if Fiat wants to dump Chrysler...like Mercedes did ? If they do, I'm not sure what the long term future of Chrysler will be. I haven't read all the other posts, perhaps this has been previously discussed. I hope whatever happens Chrysler in one form or the other, continues to survive. My son bought a new 2014 Jeep Patriot, with the off road package last year and in my limited experience with this SUV...it's a very good, reliable, durable, capable vehicle. Chrysler has some excellent product. Possibly that is what will happen. FCA, with exception of Ferrari and the IVECO/ CNH is Jeep, the others do not exist. Fiat is tiny as a car brand, the U.S. Chrysler brands are as recognisable as Moskovitch in the U.S.
RobertRyan 05/25/15 09:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: CEO Of Chrysler, Marchionne In Merger Talks With GM?

Oh the thought of Jeep being made by GM makes my skin crawl. Yes. Next we'll hear that Jeeps are being built in Italy or another country. The horror. :) Yes they will be. Jeeps with Pizza :) I think a smaller Jeep will be built on the Doblo structure. Still Jeeps built by IVECO would rival a Unimog in capability
RobertRyan 05/25/15 05:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: CEO Of Chrysler, Marchionne In Merger Talks With GM?

Just saw an article on autoblog that Marchionne is talking to GM about a merger with Chrysler. Please say it ain't so. Besides, wouldn't this end up being an anti-trust violation with GM/Chrysler merged? He has been trying to find someone to buy him out. A few months ago. GM would not touch it. Is it a new article, or old? Big question is. WHY???? would GM want it? Sounds like.a merger of troubled companies. Marchionnes, Truck and Agricultural business is doing well, but Fiat and Chysler, need a bigger player to make them viable. GM is a bad choice
RobertRyan 05/25/15 04:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a 3.0 L Touareg TDI diesel

What are your thoughts on pulling 7000 pounds plus of travel trailer with 2014 VW Touareg TDI from Ohio to FLorida and back and getting 9.5 MPG's to 12 MPGs the whole trip, and what does that kind or MPGs with a small 3 liter motor do to the longevity of the whole VW drivetrain and engine? Driver is going through 20-24 gallons of diesel fuel in that small motor in 3 to 4 hours between fillups, trying to make time. Thoughts? Overloaded? Enough motor to do the job, with that kind of poor MPGs? Stress on the drive train doing so? The Touareg driveline would not be that affected, but it is not built for heavy towing. As you say it is. Unibody
RobertRyan 05/25/15 04:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The come back of I-6's

Yes till 2017 and completely different to the U.S. falcon and other U.S.Fords has a 400hp + V8 Engine Hasn't been a US Falcon since 1970. Thinking of the Mustang possibly? Yes I know that but the Australian Falcon diverged from the U.S. Falcon in 1968 it became much heavier and larger in its LTD version as long as a Ford US Police Cruiser http://autocade.net/images/c/c3/Ford_LTD_(P5).jpg XB Falcon Coupe http://www.aussiecoupes.com/images/xc_falcon.jpg
RobertRyan 05/25/15 04:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The come back of I-6's

Another famous 6 was the 245 cu in Valiant Charger. It had triple Webbers and was based a Hemi headed truck Engine that Chrysler never produced in the U.S. From the Showroom floor it could do a 13 second quarter, top speed 140mph and it could HANDLE http://www.shannons.com.au/library/images/auctions/RT85Q665E6EPB3R8/large/1971-chrysler-valiant-charger-rt-e38-bathurst-coupe.jpg
RobertRyan 05/24/15 11:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The come back of I-6's

The most famous Ford Falcon is the 1976 Model used in the Mad Max Movies starring Mel Gibson. The Ford 351 block used in NASCAR was actually produced here, it differed from the U.S.V8's http://www.1001moteurs.com/wp-content/uploads/Ford-Falcon-Mad-Max-Interceptor2-e1317251852119.jpg
RobertRyan 05/24/15 11:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The come back of I-6's

That Australian Ford Falcon looks pretty awesome. Does that compare with a BMW or Mercedes. Poor mans BMW . You can see where the concept of Eco Boost came from . It also powered the Ford Territory an AWD SUV/CUV. A 5,000lb vehicle http://images-2.drive.com.au/2011/09/09/2614597/ford-territory-600a-600x400.jpg 450hp modiified Coyote 5litre V8 Ford Falcon GT http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg1_zpss0jvwr41.jpg
RobertRyan 05/24/15 10:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The come back of I-6's

Wait a minute. That looked like a new car. Does Ford still make a "Falcon" in Australia? Is the Barra engine still made? Is it made by Ford? I ask because I am too lazy to google it ... Yes till 2017 and completely different to the U.S. falcon and other U.S.Fords has a 400hp + V8 Engine
RobertRyan 05/24/15 10:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The come back of I-6's

Robert you must measure HP differently? Chris Barra engine is not related to any U.S. Or European engines
RobertRyan 05/24/15 07:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The come back of I-6's

A 1000hp Ford Falcon Barra on the Dyno Video of 1000hp Barra engine on Dyno
RobertRyan 05/24/15 07:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The come back of I-6's

Robert you must measure HP differently? Chris No, tend a bit more conservative here, they use average rather than peak figures
RobertRyan 05/24/15 07:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The come back of I-6's

That Aussie Falcon looks like it would be fun.:B I am a fan of those old I-6's for the simplicity and the torque. They are getting 1000hp for a street driven car 8 second quarter mile 4,000lb Ford Falcon Video 8 second 4,000lb Ford Falcon
RobertRyan 05/24/15 07:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The come back of I-6's

http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/videos/a8645/the-enginerdy-dept-straight-six-revival/?mag=roa&click=yr&click=welcome-ad Chris Now they tell us. Many here in Australia, reckon the Ford Falcon Turbo Barra Engine is better than the BMW, for flexibility and torque/power characteristics http://www.teamcrd.com.au/performance/ford/xr6-turbo/image4.jpg
RobertRyan 05/24/15 04:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Australian Retro Caravans/ Travel Trailers

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg6_zpssyi5vp42.jpg A Carapak probably 1949 All Aluminium, looks like a Toaster on its side http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg5_zpsoh6lluur.jpg Highway Palace built in Adelaide , South Australia in 1949 one of the first 5th wheelers built here 42ft long http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg3_zpsexbhau3t.jpg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg4_zpsqwnw5zvy.jpg
RobertRyan 05/24/15 12:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Australian Retro Caravans/ Travel Trailers

A Few more http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg1_zpsarlfyk3w.jpg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg2_zpsdtv5vckb.jpg
RobertRyan 05/24/15 12:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Australian Retro Caravans/ Travel Trailers

Olympic Riviera another Fibreglass Caravan http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg1_zpsfaymbivc.jpg https://somewhere42.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/wpid-1965-olympic-riviera-interior-jpg.jpeg
RobertRyan 05/23/15 10:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Australian Retro Caravans/ Travel Trailers

Those are neat. What kind of car is pulling the Roadmaster? A very non Australian Mercury Cougar
RobertRyan 05/23/15 10:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Australian Retro Caravans/ Travel Trailers

An Olympic Riviera another Fibreglass Caravan http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg1_zpsfaymbivc.jpg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg3_zpszbsbl5o9.jpg
RobertRyan 05/23/15 10:17pm Travel Trailers
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