Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Is the Rally Fighter Green?...Safe?

Is the Rally Fighters diesel engine green?

As shown on the Buy Page, the Rally Fighter uses a BMW 335D engine. This engine produces a whooping 265 Horsepower @ 4200rpm, and 425 lbft @1750 RPM.

But don't let the performance fool you, this is a new 50 state legal clean diesel engine with urea injection. This engine already exists in two cars, the BMW 335d and the BMW X5 XDrive35d. The two vehicles have respective 23mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 19mpg city, 25mpg highway.

But considering the Rally Fighter will be about 700 lbs less than the 335d sedan we expect a similar if not slightly better fuel economy.

But mpg is not the whole story.

The new BMW clean diesel engine has "20% less CO2 emissions" than a gasoline alternative. Beyond the reduction of co2 the new engines also utilize modern exhaust particulate filters, and urea injection in a system called BluePerformance:

"BluePerformance, it incorporates an oxidation catalyst placed just downstream of the exhaust manifold, a diesel particulate filter (DPF) housed in the same unit, and an SCR catalyst incorporating urea injection. In addition to filtering out even the smallest particles from the exhaust gas, this combination ensures effective reduction of nitric oxides (NOx) by way of a chemical reaction within the exhaust system. This reaction is initiated by the injection of a small dose of urea, or "AdBlue." AdBlue is already widely used in Europe. The ammonia generated within the SCR catalyst converts nitric oxides into nitrogen (N2) and water vapor (H2O)." - BMW USA

Is the Rally Fighter safe?

The short answer is yes. We have engineered the Rally Fighter to meet or exceed all FMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards) as set by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Click here for the standards.

Tell us what you think!