#TBT: This E30 BMW racer runs on biodiesel

By Marjorie Suddard
May 9, 2024 | BMW, e30, Biodiesel | Posted in Drivetrain , Features | From the May 2004 issue | Never miss an article

[Editor's Note: 20 years ago–back when this article originally went to print–we were featuring cars that ran on biodiesel. We'll let you decide if biodiesel really did become the fuel of the future.]

"I love the smell of napalm in the morning,” said Robert Duvall’s character in the movie “Apocalypse Now.” “The smell, you know that gasoline smell…. Smells like… victory.”

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J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
5/9/24 9:29 a.m.

Just to think, 20 years ago we were talking about biodiesel. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/9/24 11:15 a.m.

In reply to J.A. Ackley :

It seemed like it was a really big deal at one point, but now I rarely hear about it.

FJ40Jim Reader
5/9/24 3:37 p.m.

We won the SCCA ProRally national championship in 2002 running a Golf MK4 GTDI on BioD. 

I guess we were ahead of our time.

ClifT New Reader
5/9/24 3:40 p.m.

Biodiesel availability is evidently a location-based issue. I'm in Houston, where the DOE maps show just a couple locations that sell >20% biodiesel. Scan up to the Mid-West ag states of Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota and you'll find hundreds of them. 



trigun7469 UltraDork
5/10/24 12:35 p.m.

In reply to ClifT :

Crazy there is only 1 in the whole state of Ohio and none in the state of PA. Which is crazy because there was a plant that produced in my home town in PA.

FJ40Jim Reader
5/10/24 1:31 p.m.

In reply to trigun7469 :

Not sure where that BioD location info is coming from, but it is very incomplete.

The nearest B20 pump to me is the Dogwood crossing station at Rt33 & Coonpath Rd. A little farther away is the Lancaster Love's truck stop, or north to the Canal Winchester Meijer store. Along 1-70 there several Love's with BioD. That's just the ones I know about in my neighborhood of Ohio.

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