Chili Pepper Racing's TDI used biodiesel at Sebring

Red Hot TDI

With the start of Round 1 SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series Chili Pepper Racing became the first team to race a production based DIESEL powered car in US Touring car history. In addition, SCCA PRO Racing and Chili Pepper Racing made Motorsport history as the first to approve and race BIO-Diesel fuel in a production based Touring Car Series World Wide.

The #24 Spice Red Volkswagen Jetta TDI was fueled with B50 blend Bio-diesel utilizing "food-grade" soy oil as it base. This falls on the heels of the Motorsports Industry Association International conference on Energy Efficient Motorsports and is part of global trend to develop and promote bio-fuel technologies.

Audi R10 TDI still dominate at Sebring

Audi TDI victory at Sebring

SEBRING, Fla. - Despite new regulations, the Audi R10 TDI remains the sports car to beat. By achieving an impressive victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring (USA), AUDI AG made a perfect start into the 2007 motorsport season with its revolutionary diesel sports car and also a successful dress rehearsal for the Le Mans 24 Hours on 16/17 June. It was the eighth victory in a row in the classic American endurance race for the manufacturer from Ingolstadt.

The Audi R10 TDI, which remains unbeaten in its ninth consecutive race, had to start for the first time with a 10 percent smaller fuel tank (81 instead of 90 liters). This meant the Audi had to come to the pits for refueling up to five laps earlier than their competitors.

2008 VW Touareg V-6 BlueTDI to US first

An Edmunds 2007 Geneva Auto Show post announced that the 2008 Touareg BlueTDI will be introduced in the US rather than in Europe. The new "selective catalytic reduction" or SCR, system that reduces nitrogen-oxide emissions by up to 90 percent, thus making it what VW asserts is "one of the cleanest diesel engines on the market." The system is linked to a diesel 3.0-liter V6 TDI that makes 222 horsepower and will meet CARB state standards.


2008 VW Jetta SportWagen at the Geneva Auto Show

VW Jetta Sportwagen

The blog posted a couple photos of the New 2008 Volkswagen SportWagen from the Geneva Auto show. Looks okay from a VW advocates perspective, but folks at commented that “the front and profile seem to be in proportion, but VW just lost us with the bland back end. It looks like every other car on the road, not something unique.”

Stanford and VW in 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Volkswagen of America, Inc. and Stanford University will participate in this year’s DARPA Urban Challenge on November 3, 2007 with a completely autonomous 2006 diesel-powered Passat wagon. The robotic Passat will compete on a 60-mile mock urban course that involves merging with traffic, crossing traffic circles and negotiating busy intersections while following traffic laws.

Darpa Stanford VW Passat TDI for 2007


Cincinnati TDI Club

The purpose of the Greater Cincinnati TDI Club is to help owners of this modern diesel learn how to maintain, enhance, preserve, and enjoy their vehicles.

We are a group of diesel lovers and Volkswagen TDI owners that enjoy learning about and maintaining our vehicles. Besides supporting the efficient petroleum diesel engines in our TDIs, we are committed to improving the environment and are advocates for clean, renewable, domestically produced fuels such as biodiesel. Our group first met in a local Northern Kentucky VW dealership and has since grown to include members around the country. We have local meetings known as GTGs in local Volkswagen dealerships, restaurants, members' homes and a county parks.

2006 Get Together Round up (posted from old site)

July 22, 2006 RallyVW Tuning event in Marysville, Ohio
RallyVW will be hosting a tuning session on July 22, 2006 in Marysville, Ohio. Rocket Chip will be tuning and we will be installing injectors and assisting with Tuning. If you are interested, please contact me for more info and for time slots. Note, this will be limited to tuning and injectors only. No major repairs.
Note: Proceeds will help us continue RallyVW's racing season.

June 25, 2006 CinciTDI GTG Follow-up

2005 and previous GTG Round up (from old site)

September 17, 2005 - RallyVW Tuning Session, Marysville, Ohio
Jon Hamilton from RallyVW hosted an encore tuning event on Saturday, September 17th and enhanced 12 more smiles. Oliver Wegener along with Jeff Robertson from Rocketchip Tuning and injectors from KermaTDI, work throughout the day to get injectors and/or chip upgrades for each owner. The session was well attended by both CinciTDI and the Columbus TDI members. We all had a good time socializing and parting with a few dollars that in part supports the RallyVW Rally racing team.