Many people have become familiar with American Ethanol through our partnership with NASCAR and Richard Childress Racing. NASCAR began using E15, a fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol, across all three of its competition series in 2011, and the sport hasn’t looked back since. However, you don’t have to be a NASCAR driver to enjoy the benefits of higher ethanol blends. Many high-performance, professional drivers are turning to ethanol to get the most out of their vehicles across a wide range of racing disciplines. One of those drivers is Anthony Taylor, a member of the American Ethanol Performance Team.
Anthony is based out of Las Vegas, NV, but travels across the country racing his ethanol-powered, Twin Turbo Lamborghini Superleggera in street car competitions. The Lamborghini was built by Nth Moto, a world-renowned exotic car performance, racing, and fabrication facility located in the Minneapolis, MN metro area. The Nth Moto team are also staunch supporters of ethanol, building their high-performance cars specifically with higher blends in mind.
Last weekend, Anthony competed in Texas Speed Syndicate’s Texas Invitational, which brought together 80 of the fastest supercars in the world, including Porsches, Lamborghinis, and Dodge Vipers. The side-by-side races were held on the runway of the Caddo Mills Municipal Airfield in Rockwall, TX, just outside Dallas. The Invitational was the first time Anthony really put his new Lamborghini build to the test this year, and the car hit a top speed of 189 mph “right off the trailer,” which is extremely impressive for a debut.
Unfortunately, the Lamborghini’s front axle was damaged before the finals, but despite the broken axle, Anthony still posted the 18th fastest time out of 80 cars, even while dialing back the car’s boost levels to see how it responded in its first competitive action in some time. Reaching nearly 190 mph in the race on a damaged axle and with minimal boost means that his car is poised to make serious noise in future competitions as one of the fastest on the track. Anthony’s car, as well as the two other Nth Moto cars at the event, were running on a high ethanol blend. All three of the cars posted some of the most consistent times at the track, due in large part to the reliability ethanol as a high-performance fuel. Anthony will return to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in early November for the Wanna Go Fast Dallas ½ Mile Shootout, so check back here to see how he did! We look forward to our ongoing partnership with Anthony and Nth Moto, and will continue to work with them to advocate for the performance benefits of biofuels.