Friday, September 11, 2015

GreenSpeed Research Trophy Truck Will BiolDiesel The Baja 1000


By: Chris Bruce

Trophy trucks are amazing machines to watch blasting through the desert in events like the Baja 1000, but they aren't known for being very green. A non-profit team in Idaho called Greenspeed Research is aiming to shake things up by building a biodiesel-fueled racer called the Convergence Trophy Truck (pictured) for this year's Baja 1000, desert off-road race in Mexico.

 They want to "Biodiesel" Baja. The eco-racing word for 'Slime'. Just like the Baja 1000 electric venture from Vista California, Scam!

They are "Aiming to"! Idaho, explains alot. Watch the video, they are "Shooting for" and "Hoping to". Time and money, they have neither.

The image above is what the Convergence may look like, with actual assembly starting on September 15.
Can you say, not a chance in hell? The team is chronicling the entire build process on BajaRacingNews.com for fans to follow.

Greenspeed Research is no stranger to going fast in the desert, though. The organization started as a student club at Boise State and built a vegetable-oil-fueled Chevrolet S-10 that claimed a landspeed record in its class. Now, the group uses motorsports to push for greater use of renewable energy and promote STEM careers.

The team believes the Convergence Trophy Truck has a major advantage over the traditional gasoline-fueled trucks it's racing against – fuel economy. Greenspeed is predicting 7-9 miles per gallon, and while that doesn't sound like much, the gasoline-fueled trucks get around 2.5 mpg. "So that means, when they're pitting twice, and take 5, 10, 8 minutes to pit, we've driven by them," driver Paul Robinson said to KMVT in Idaho.


"The Convergence Trophy Truck by Greenspeed Research (GsR) will be the first biodiesel powered desert race vehicle. The Convergence TT is bringing together high performance engineering and renewable energy sources like none before it. According to GsR, this vehicle is poised to take the off-road race scene by storm due to the superior characteristics of its unique fuel. The vehicle is spec'd for 'SCORE-International' and 'Best In The Desert' sanctioned race events. The Convergence TT is the only vehicle of its kind that will not sacrifice fuel economy for extreme power.


Like GsR's World Land Speed record holding race truck, Convergence TT is being built to showcase and bring game changing, renewable energy technology to the forefront of public discussion and prove STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is a crucial component in making a better world. GsR Co-founder Dave Schenker states "Motorsports are an exciting arena and an excellent platform for demonstrating the core aspects of STEM, the importance and possibilities of clean biodiesel, and the positive global impact these things have."


To take full advantage of this race vehicle, GsR welcomes Paul Robinson to the team as Driver 1 of the Convergence TT. Paul has seen over 100 off-road start lines, including the famed Mint 400 and the Vegas to Reno. He brings many years of driving experience as a seasoned professional to not just the driver seat, but the project in general. Paul says he is excited to be driving the truck and for the opportunity to show off the benefits of biodiesel in endurance racing and says "the gasoline trophy truck drivers brag about getting 2.5 to 3 miles per gallon. We will be getting three times that! So that means, when they're pitting twice, and taking 5 minutes to pit, we've driven by them. Biodiesel is a game changer in the world of off road, FOR SURE."


The Convergence TT will not only push past the competition due to its fuel economy, it is built to out-handle the competition as well. GsR Co-founder Patrick Johnston, who has spent the last 12 months leading the design of this vehicle, says "my engineering focus of the Convergence TT was finding the balance between perfect handling and suspension travel. Our vehicle has ideal steering characteristics like zero bump steer at any steering position, while keeping massive suspension travel. I don't think anyone else can make that claim in the off-road race world."


With raw material and parts still arriving at the shop on an almost daily basis, the time has come to move from preparation to production. On September 15, 2015, GsR invites you to get involved and follow the fast paced build as the team works with a handful of Boise State University students to build the world's first bio-diesel powered trophy truck, with the goal of reaching the finish line at the infamous Baja 1000 desert race.

 
About Greenspeed Research
Greenspeed Research (GsR) is an Idaho non-profit (501(c)(3) status) with a mission to create learning opportunities for the STEM disciplines and renewable energy sources. With the roots of a student club at Boise State University, and founders who are card-carrying graduates of the Boise State Venture College, the organization is now focused on breaking the barriers to STEM and disproving the myths and misconceptions of renewable energy sources."


Editorial comment by: Gary Newsome

Baja Racing News LIVE! EXCLUSIVE Reporting!***World Wide Motor Sports & FIA Move To Action***West Coast Desert Off-Road Racing Community Stick Their Heads Up Their A**es Ignoring Overwhelming Reality of Death Races!

Fan base and spectators of desert racing NOT in the planning and safety importance of current West Coast events.

Except for BLM mandates, race organizers and race teams DO NOT want or care for fans or spectator participation.

September 11, 2015: Los Angeles//The entire West Coast desert racing community is ignoring the discussion of this topic.

September 9, 2015: PARIS // The world-wide sport of rallying’s ruling body the FIA, announced on Thursday, a safety action plan in the wake of last week’s crash in Spain which killed six spectators.

“The aim of the action plan is to have a positive influence in rally safety around the world, from local grass roots events through to the pinnacle of the sport at World Rally Championship level”, an FIA statement explained.

In last week’s Rally of La Coruna a car hurtled off the road and ploughed into a crowd of spectators in northern Spain, killing seven people including two pregnant women.

This year has also seen spectators die in domestic events in Australia and Estonia. In France at the weekend amateur driver Frederi Comte perished when his car left the road in the Mont-Blanc Rally.

The plan to improve safety emerged from Wednesday’s extraordinary general meeting called by FIA president Jean Todt in Geneva. Among those advising the FIA on safety are reigning world rally champion Sebastien Ogier and 1981 champion Ari Vatanen.

The FIA said it would set up “a dedicated task force of FIA experts” to assist national rally organisers on safety. The FIA’s action plan will also reinforce to rally organisers “the heightened danger in running rallies outside of the basic framework of the FIA guidelines for spectator and vehicle safety”.

The FIA will develop a rally safety action plan and establish an expert task force in response to recent fatal accidents.

Seven spectators were killed when a car left the road on Spain's Rally of La Coruna last weekend, while there had also been spectator fatalities on domestic events in Australia and Estonia earlier in the year.
French driver Frederic Comte also died last weekend in a crash on Rally Monte Blanc.

Those incidents prompted FIA President Jean Todt to call an extraordinary meeting in Geneva yesterday, where attendees included closed road commissioner Ari Vatanen, World Rally Championship commission chief Carlos Barbosa, WRC manager Michele Mouton and Spanish federation chief Carlos Gracia Fuertes.

An FIA statement said an action plan had been agreed to focus on the following points:
*"1. Reinforcement to all authorities responsible for the organisation of rallies of the heightened danger in running rallies outside of the basic framework of the FIA guidelines for spectator and vehicle safety.
*"2. In conjunction with National Sport Authorities (ASNs) and rally organisers, introduce measures seeking to increase the reach and impact of educational programmes for spectator safety.
*"3. The creation of a dedicated task force of FIA experts, which will be available to support ASNs and rally organisers and assist them in the implementation of the preferred safety guidelines.

"The aim of the action plan is to have a positive influence in rally safety around the world, from local grass roots events through to the pinnacle of the sport at World Rally Championship level."

While most of the accidents that prompted the FIA action took place on national events this year, spectator safety has also been a concern in the WRC, where six spectators where hurt in an accident.

Not to mention the ongoing, illegal slaughter in Baja racing, in Mexico.

The Original BULLETIN & Previous Reporting: 

FIA SAFETY COMMITTEE MOVING ON WORLD WIDE EVENT-SPECTATOR STANDARDS...
LOADING NOW! DEATH TOLL RISES TO 7 (SEVEN)! FIA MEETS

BULLETIN!!! SIX PEOPLE KILLED! RALLY IN

 SPAIN TURNS HORROR SHOW-CLICK HERE!


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Thursday, September 10, 2015

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FIA SAFETY COMMITTEE MOVING ON WORLD WIDE EVENT-SPECTATOR STANDARDS...
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  DEATH TOLL RISES TO 7 (SEVEN)! FIA MEETS

BULLETIN!!! SIX PEOPLE KILLED! RALLY IN

 SPAIN TURNS HORROR SHOW-CLICK HERE!

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DAKAR DRIVE! NEW SAN DIEGO BASED DRIVE WILL TRAIN FOR 2017 MEX-USA EVENT
Marc Coma Sez:  
"DAKAR is coming to Mexico! USA will be used for training, racers looking forward to American hospitality!"
DAKAR official organization says their international event will show the world the great driving experiences in the republic. DAKAR Officials have been quietly working behind the scenes in Mexico City, to secure permanent facility to house DAKAR events. The goal is to replace SCORE and any other 'international' competitors.

OFF-ROAD LIVE! Drive coverage begins in December.

The so-called corrupt sanctions in Southern Baja have already been thrown out. The next to feel the sting of the "Freedom Movement" in Off-Road Recreation and Racing are the Americans.

"For Those Who Own It", OFF-ROAD LIVE!