Wednesday, May 30, 2012

While i was out around the town today i saw a sign for a performance shop i hadn't been to or heard of before.  I stopped in to see if they'd be into sponsoring the BD Subaru and came upon some great first hand knowledge that i didn't have before.  This shop actually works on a WIDE range of stuff, mostly swamped with custom motorcycles (choppers and some other unusual things) and Subaru's.  A very random shop, very cool though, and the guy i chatted with was very helpful.  When i brought up bio-diesel the guy instantly stopped me and let me know he was not a supporter of bio-diesel and really was quite against it.

The shop had torn apart some customer volkswagen's that had experienced some severe wear (he wasn't real specific as to what exactly, but i assume injection pump) and he said one engine was actually replaced completely.  This wasn't a testimony overloaded with facts, but it just goes to show that we still need some testing, development and standardization in the bio-diesel field.  This has also started a new hunt, see what common problems are coming from bio-diesel and if the problems are coming from commercial bio-diesel, home-made bio-diesel or both.  Figure out these problems and what we can do to fix them.  His comment about it was that the fuel doesn't lubricate properly.  So, i'm gonna hit the internets and see what i can dig up.

This also has inspired me to start making some batches of fuel and see what kind of variations i can get in cetane as well as lubricity.  Maybe find a chemical engineer to shine some light on some options for adding a lubricant to the process.

These are the kinds of problems that should be sorted out in motorsport though.  Bio-diesel is a safe, clean fuel.  Try making a batch of fossil based gasoline, diesel or kerosene in your kitchen....i don't think your wife or neighbors is gonna be real happy. Not to mention sustainable.  It just needs some work to be developed.  All these trials were done a long time ago with diesel and gasoline so people tend to count that against it, but it's part of the process and in motorsports, the process can be sped up safely.  Trial an error on a racetrack will quickly weed out problems with the fuel in terms of equipment endurance, fuel quality consistency, and proper cetane properties.  With more people trying to figure the stuff out, the faster the development will be.

I am very excited about this new perspective and am very motivated, now more than ever, to go get those sponsors and get this car built.  It's going to be quite an adventure over the next year and i'm very excited about it.

Monday, May 28, 2012

I came across this amazing program going on in New Zealand,, thought i'd share it.  It's just a forum, it's for both individuals and corporations, and it's all about promoting sustainable stuff.  Anything, everything, all ideas that can benefit people AND the planet.  "The object of SEF is to promote the transition towards a sustainable energy system in New Zealand. SEF defines a sustainable energy system as being "the sourcing, transformation , use and management of energy in a manner which improves social well-being, while conserving physical resources, maintaining the integrity of ecosystems, and avoiding the transfer of costs to future generations.""-SEF

I really like the clear goals.  It seems like so many obvious areas of importance, like future water quality, species habitats, land use and quality, seem get get blurred into the conversation with money and profits and personal interest and then ignored enough to build up and have catastrophic effects in the near future.  It's true with everything in life though; if you don't take care of a problem properly, it builds up or gets worse until it's a catastrophe instead of an inconvenience that couldn't been dealt with.

More and more people are taking action in their personal lives and publicly to create a change.  To create a view of a new future where we live consciously of our world, of the people around use, of our dependence on all other plants, animals, earth, water and wind as well as every other person.  We don't just have a need for the help others, all of us as individuals depend on people working together, communicating, sharing good, energy, time, ideas and this planet.  As a whole, this flow is what creates life, and it's a choice we have to live in a way that promotes life into the future or does not.  

I want to build a bio-diesel Subaru, and this is how i want to be remembered.  I want to build a car that is so badass that people are amazed.  Exceed any current expectations by petrol fuels that everyone wants it, not settles for it. 

How would you contribute?  how would, or rather, WILL you be remembered in this changing time?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

So, today i'm going to really just set my vision again.  I like to keep it fresh in my mind so i know exactly where i'm going.  Today i'm going to be checking out some different body pieces and really looking at what i want this bad boy to look like.  I'm a huge fan of Colin Mcrae and really loved those years he rallied the Subarus, so i will post up a few pictures and share some thoughts. car is going to look like this without the 555 stuff on it.  Colin McRae has awesome taste :)  So, the front bumper on the early cars i prefer.  It has smaller round headlight covers that were not offered in the states but they still look like the '98 RS front bumper instead of the later generation.  The only other big difference is i think i may go with the Black/Silver color scheme just because my last RS was that color and i like it. Everyone rocks the blue, and it's sexy, but I like to be a little different i suppose.

Speaking of different, i wanted to talk about how our cars are an expression of ourselves.  Each one unique, takin' care of differently, some upgraded, some downgraded, some never washed, some loaded with electronics, but in the end, they are all a result of who we are as individuals.  This also includes your driving style, and what you do with your car for fun.  I look at electric cars as killing the thrill of driving.  I have no doubt that people will build faster electric cars someday than what's been capable through combustion, but i just can't imagine it ever having the same thrill.  The roar of the engine, the feel of torque of a series of cylinders producing power feverishly to move your butt, you can feel that engine hit it's sweet spot in the rpm and just sing...all that will be gone.  We will have electric motors whizzing and sounds effects of what it used to be like to hammer down and listen to the roar of ingenuity and testosterone as tires are seer'ed down a few sizes.  For me, cars is passion, bio-diesel is the future of my passion.  I will keep my dreams alive by being active in spreading knowledge.

Keep Racing, keep building, keep the cars burnin' fuel.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Started contacting local businesses supporting sustainable living.  The plan is get 10 businesses to sponsor the car for $1500 in exchange for a block of advertising on the car.  This money will be enough to buy the car the engine and it's components to swap, the transmission and rear end, plus brakes and then odds and ends for wiring up the engine and actually getting it running.  There will be the hood available for a $3500 sponsorship that will be used for the roll-cage.  In the progress of the build of the vehicle i hope we can gather a large group of local businesses and families for us to really work together to create at least 2 major events a month year round.  In the Summer this car should be in action year round.  I want events at farms with the car, sled pulls or race car rides, something every weekend!  This car is going to start the change in our community to a 100% sustainable fuel, sustainable living community.  The Rogue Valley is going to clean up it's AIR!  No more stagnant air warnings.  In short, i just hope this car brings business to sustainable businesses.  I hope it makes people more conscious of the simple acts they can take to make a difference.

Friday, May 18, 2012  Here is a link to an article from 2008 on the American Le Mans series forcing all competitors to run clean diesel, E10 or E85.  E10 i think should go, but still, that's amazing, and these guys are pushing the limits of performance, capability and potential of these engines.  Seems to me it should be common law, gas stations can only serve bio-diesel and E85.  The general public doesn't care what powers their cars and i know they would be glad to have cheap fuel again.

Fuel should be cheap.  It can be made in anyone's kitchen for a reasonable price, made in huge quantities could be made for quarters on the gallon at or less.  When this happens performance is going to boom.  Fuel technology and vehicles to use it will explode, because it's not a limited resource anymore.

This use and creation of fuels in a sustainable way will also provide example for the other areas like housing, food production, energy production and water use.  A world where everything is made to be re-used, re-grown, re-placed, and our thought process is to take care of the things that take care of use, the things that give us opportunity to grow and have fun, push new limits, build new things.

Through documentaries, t.v. shows, and i really think most importantly is the people who took initiative before anyone else was ready to in order for those documentaries to have subjects, they are the ones who really created the change.  Through them, our world is changing, major organizations are taking steps to force people to take a look at these problems.  I am happy and excited to spread motivation and information with the bio-diesel Subaru.  By going out there and doing amazing things with this car i can bring attention to fuel-use, to options for creating fuel sources, places to buy right now and how people can make the change in their life.  I am excited to be part of this wave of change.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Today i want to establish what my purpose and reasons behind doing this are.  Why i feel it's so very important.

Pollution and fuel dependence are two major problems not just for the United States of America, but for the World.  Our entire planet suffers the consequence of both.  The silly thing is we have so many options that would drastically improve our situation.  Fuel sources have to be renewable and sustainable and it only makes sense to make these fuels locally, create independence from foreign oil suppliers and put the control back into the hands of the people.  As car owners and drivers and in the end, the consumers, it is our responsibility to improve our community, our country and the planet we live on for the future generations as well as your own life today.

My sustainable fuel of choice is bio-diesel because it works in 100% of diesel vehicles on the road today.  It can be made from a waste product that's already available, and it can be made to suite specific purposes quite easily.  In the future it will become mandatory for all vehicles with diesel engines to use a sustainable fuel instead of petrol diesel.  Ships, trains, trucks, cars, dragsters, rock buggies, motorcycles, tanks, maybe even jets real soon, every vehicle on the planet can run on a bio-diesel product, but the public needs to want it first.  As it has been in America for a long time, the performance industry dictates much of the future developments of factory vehicles.  

This Subaru will be a high performance vehicle with all the right stuff.  The engine will power the car beyond STi performance, handle better, emit nearly zero emissions while rockin' 55-60mpg.  This car is to show what bio-diesel can be, can do for us.  This car is to get people excited about bio-diesel as well as hopefully bring more awareness to using diesel engines in performance applications.  In the last 10 years or so, diesel performance in trucks has really picked up, and in the last 5, in major motorsports as well, but it hasn't spread to the grassroots level and it surely hasn't become common place to build your golf-tdi into a bio-diesel Racer, although it has been done, (thumbs up to grease car racing!) but when people are looking for bio-diesel, the supply will grow to meet the demand.  Also, with the use of bio-diesel in motorsports, we will get lots of research and development of the fuels which will result in cheaper, cleaner burning higher quality fuels for everyone.

I'm going to use this car to create a new future for bio-diesel.  I'm going to push these engines to the limit, show the durability of running sustainability ;)  With this car i'm going to develop new fuels, set fast records and share it with the communities.  That is most important, share it with people, fairs, car shows, bbq competitions, anywhere where the people are.  People need to experience how awesome it is to appreciate it and really have a lasting impact.

With this Subaru Boxer diesel, the performance potential seems to be a bit untapped or it may just seem that way because all the cool ones are in Europe.  But, with this build, this 2.0 liter engine is going to astound, with the initial build shooting for 300 horsepower, 375 ft. lbs., and by the Summer of 2013, i am going to take this car on a diesel performance tour, hitting diesel drags, dyno days and sled pulls all Summer.  Like i said, i want to get this car out there with the people.  That's enough ramblin' for one day.  Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read my posts and support my ideas.

Guardian Out!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I have been struggling to really find a direction to travel to get this project rolling.  With no car it has made me be creative about exactly how i'm going to go about getting sponsorship and support for the vehicles (that isn't physically real yet) and so i have to make the vision very clear.  Also, i am going to change my game-plan a little bit.  Instead of looking for a major sponsor, i'm going to find smaller donations and sponsors until i get to $20,000.  I'm going to sell ten advertising spots on the vehicle worth $2000 a piece, as a bonus for better quality parts and equipment, i'm going to sell the hood and trunk for $4000 a piece.  What i like about this plan is that it allows me to support bio-dieselers as a group.  I don't have to be associated with one company, a group of individuals can donate instead of a company, and they can all gain the benefit of the advertisement.  In reality they would benefit much more than a major company, they need the extra advertisement.  This way it can be much cheaper.  Local businesses of other services can also gain advertisement that draws quality attention, is exciting, adds good reputation to any business i think.  I am excited to bring something unique and fun to a smaller community while at the same time showing the world something amazing.

 Now with a solid plan in place, i can hit the streets.  I'm going to try to talk to at least 3 businesses everyday until i get this bad boy done.

Hemmingsen Auto Design is going to build the fastest diesel Subaru's on the planet! Time to get to work.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

First new post in awhile, since we moved actually. So, this is what's up... I am going to finish the Bio-diesel Subaru by October 31, 2012. I have made a deal with a friend, if it's not done, he can keep my Go Pro (already mailed to him) and do what he will with it. It's time for the world to meet this wonderful piece of automotive genius. I have been considering possible building an Outback Sport 98-01 year instead of an Impreza L or Impreza RS. The STi wagons are pretty awesome and were never offered in America before the WRX came. Something super sexy about an Impreza coupe in Rally trim,
I'm going to put the diesel engine in it then basically make it look like this.  I'm getting ready to rent some shop space and then i'll pick up a new car and the engine and get the swap started.  I imagine it will take about a month to get the swap done and running properly.  I am going to get it running like a stock car before i begin modifying the engine or drive-train.  I will show what it's capable of, both in efficiency and performance.  After that, it's GAME ON!  I will be known as the leading building of performance Subaru Diesel engines.

I am glad to be back and look forward to loadin' page with Subaru love and new awesome never before experienced by the Subaru community.