Green speed: Volvo V40 racecar is powered by biodiesel

Volvo V40 biodiesel racecar

At first glance, the phrase “Volvo racecar” seems like an oxymoron. Volvos have a reputation for safety and quality, not speed; they are stereotypically driven by college professors. It would seem surprising for Volvo to be involved in racing at all, let alone leading the field in developing eco-friendly racers. In addition to “Mean Green,” the land speed record-holding hybrid truck, this biodiesel-powered V40 will be carrying the Volvo flag into battle.

The car was actually built by German race shop Heico Sportiv. It is powered by a modified turbocharged inline-five, which makes 296 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, up from the stock V40’s 148 hp 258 lb-ft.

After converting the V40 to biodiesel, Heico made some more typical racecar modifications. The interior was stripped out to make way for a rollcage, bucket seats, and harnesses. The V40 racer also has a body kit that widens the wheel arches, allowing for bigger tires. Spoilers will help keep the car on the ground.

Heico’s body kit, and a full line of performance parts, will be available over the counter, so customers without a race license can soup up their street cars. That does not apply to Americans, since the V40 is not sold in the United States.

In Europe, the V40 complements Volvo’s three-door C30 hatchback. Both cars are pitched as stylish premium compacts, and rivals to the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3.

Heico unveiled the V40 biodiesel racer at the Auto Mobil International show in Leipzig, Germany. Heico plans to enter it in the annual 24 hour endurance race at the Nurburgring.

Racing has always been the crucible for automotive technology; everything from aerodynamics to lightweight materials like carbon fiber has been the result of race teams looking for an edge. Why shouldn’t green technologies like biodiesel have their turn on the track? A little racing will also do wonders for this technology’s public image, not to mention Volvo’s.

Cars

Jaguar’s rally-ready F-Type roadster is happiest off the pavement

Jaguar is celebrating the XK120's 70th birthday by turning the F-Type roadster into a rally warrior. Built to FIA specifications, the model receives suspension and braking upgrades plus a full roll cage to protect the occupants.
Gaming

These are the best Xbox One games available right now

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.
Cars

Born to run (forever): The most reliable cars you can buy right now

We all dread the thought of our car turning into a money pit, but choosing a dependable vehicle from the start can help us rack up countless care-free miles. Here, we've rounded up some of the most reliable cars available.
Cars

From Rolls-Royce to Lamborghini, these are the most expensive cars in the world

If you recently discovered an oil reserve in your backyard, you probably have some extra cash to spend. Look no further, because we’ve rounded up the most expensive cars in the world.
Cars

Prep your car for the coming snow and sleet with these cold weather tips

Driving in the winter, whether downtown or across the country, is rarely easy. Luckily, we've put together a quick rundown of a few things you should do to winterize your car before the snow officially hits.
Digital Trends Live

DT Daily: Waymo’s driverless cars, ‘Fallout 76’ tips, and Racella

In today's episode of DT Daily, we discuss Waymo's foray into the ridesharing sector, along with various tips for making the most of the recently launched Fallout 76. We also sit down with singer Racella to chat about her new EP, Waves.
Cars

Many adults believe fully self-driving cars are already traversing U.S. highways

The American Automobile Association tested cars with features such as lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control and found them lacking in real-world conditions. Forty percent of surveyed U.S. adults think self-driving cars exist now.
Cars

Want to keep connected on the road? Here are 5 ways to add Bluetooth to your car

The best way to make an old ride feel young again is to bring it up speed with the 21st century. Here's how to properly add Bluetooth to your vehicle, via independent kits, vehicle adapters, or aftermarket head units.
Cars

Jeep’s outdoorsy Gladiator pickup truck bares it all ahead of schedule

Jeep will introduce the long-promised Wrangler-based pickup truck at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Named Gladiator, the model was designed to conquer the great outdoors, not for the construction site.
Cars

The hamster-friendly 2020 Kia Soul will rock out at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Kia has released a teaser image to preview the next Soul. Scheduled to make its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2020 Soul will keep the outgoing model's boxy proportions but it will wear a sharper design.
Cars

2020 Toyota Corolla sedan aims to offer sharper handling, better tech

The 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan gets the same upgrades as the recently-introduced Corolla hatchback, including a firmer foundation, new engine, and more tech features. Will that be enough to keep the long-lived Corolla nameplate relevant?
Cars

Startup Rivian exits stealth mode with a bold promise to electrify off-roaders

Electric car startup Rivian has finally turned off stealth mode and provided details about what it's been working on since 2009. It will build battery-powered off-roaders instead of taking on Tesla and others in the luxury EV segment.
Cars

Honda will squeeze another model into its SUV lineup at the Los Angeles show

Honda will introduce a new SUV with a familiar nameplate at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show. It envisioned the 2019 Passport as a five-seater alternative to the eight-seater Pilot. The two models will share a platform and many tech features.
Cars

Uber rolls out rewards program that lets its most loyal riders lock in prices

Uber launched a new loyalty program today called Uber Rewards. It offers frequent riders credits to Uber Eats, car upgrades, and the ability to lock in prices on their most traveled routes.