SynDiesel Project X Beetle to attempt land speed record May 12

By SynDiesel | May 09, 2012

SynDiesel brand is bringing the Project X Diesel “The Beetle” to the inaugural land speed in Houston May 12. The land speed event is the first hosted by Sealy, Texas-based Hennessey Performance and is held in conjunction with a charity event called “Aeros and Autos” at the City of Houston’s Ellington Airport. Hennessey remarked, “We will be hosting the first annual Houston Half Mile Shootout on the 8,000-ft.-long runway.”

The Project X Beetle is a super tuned VW Turbo Diesel Beetle with many performance upgrades developed by Greg Hogue and his many sponsors. Hogue said, “We are getting almost 200 horsepower per liter and have to manage the throttle to control the power.” The fuel for the record attempt will be the SynDiesel B5 diesel racing fuel. The same fuel used by Mike Woods to set the diesel land speed record of 205 miles per hour at the Texas Mile in his Mustang Duramax. The same fuel was also used in the VW Jetta TDI Cup and fully approved in 2009 to use in all Volkswagen TDI clean diesel powered vehicles available at local Volkswagen dealerships today.

The addition of SynDiesel B5 diesel fuel in the Project X Beetle race car further demonstrates the feasibility of biodiesel as an alternative fuel source for American consumers, and supports the clean and green racing.

Jordan Leighton will be at the wheel after earning her 160 mph land speed racing license at the Texas Mile earlier this year. Jordan is excited at setting the bar for 2-liter and under diesel coupe. “I really want to push The Beetle to the limit for my team, now that the cap is off,” Leighton said.  

HyperFuels is supplying the SynDiesel B5 synthetically made diesel fuel, with a 63 cetane rating, storage life of up to 10 years and 20 percent more Btu than conventional diesel. The same fuel is now available for purchase on

HyperFuels features racing fuels from Sunoco, Shell Racing Solutions and SynDiesel. Fuels can be purchased in individual 5 and 55 gallon pre-sealed drums, race fuel can also run in regular cars and can be stored for up to two years, providing a quick and stable fuel source. Race fuels are available in containers eligible for ground shipping on FedEx and UPS throughout the U.S.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Va. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Eos, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, CC, Tiguan, Touareg 2 and Routan through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.

SynDiesel is the brand for synthetically made diesel fuels used for high performance engines and remote generator. These fuels are made from gases like methane through a gas-to-liquids process. The process creates a fuel that is extremely stable and lasts more than 10 years in ideal conditions. The fuels other attributes include a very high cetane and high Btu content.

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