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GM says green and go DO mix


General Motors’ Chevrolet division used the 2007 SEMA Show to prove that high-performance cars – even those with 600bhp V8s – can be environmentally friendly

It called its display highlighting alternative fuels at the American high-performance car show, ‘Muscle with a Message’.

It said the underlying theme was that green goes with mean.

Many of the 28 vehicles GM displayed at the show in Las Vegas either run on alternative fuels, such as E85 ethanol (a blend of 85 per cent ethanol and 15 per cent petrol), or feature fuel-efficient performance without compromise.

Comedian Jay Leno’s E85-powered Chevrolet Corvette Z06 headlined the display. The Tonight Show host’s new supercar runs a custom, 500 cubic-inch engines that generates around 600 horsepower and is fuelled solely by E85.

Another mean green Chevy at SEMA was the FlexFuel Hot Rod, built by GM’s Performance Division.

It’s a re-creation of the hot rods that competed at early dragstrips and land-speed venues in the late 1940s and 1950s.

With bodywork inspired by a 1934 Chevy and period styling touches, FlexFuel Chevy Hot Rod mixes vintage style with contemporary technology; it’s powered by a 500-horse FlexFuel version of the turbocharged Ecotec engine. It runs on E85, petrol or any combination of the two.

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