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Is a Water4gas fuel conversion Enviromentally superior to biofuel- YES. Part1

This is a discussion document relating to the
advantages of a Water4Gas fuel conversion system
over alternative biofuel systems.

Is This The End Of Formula 1 Empire Ecclestone?
09 December 2008

 

In today's world of motor Grand Prix the mix of modern racing cars, cutting edge technology, carbon gas exhaust emissions, a bad economic climate and the environment lobby never letting up, who is there at the helm to manage all this potential mayhem?
 
Allow me to introduce to you Bernie Ecclestone, born near Bungay, Suffolk, UK in October 1930. In the late 1940's his first business venture was setting up the Compton & Ecclestone motor cycle dealership.
 
In 1949 he took part in his first Formula 3 series and many of his early races in a Cooper Mk 5 were at his local Brands Hatch circuit. His early racing aspirations came to a sudden halt when a collision on the B.H. circuit literally landed him and his car in the car park outside the track.
 
The Brands Hatch crash kept Bernie out of car racing for a few years but his business success with other ventures including car auctions allowed him to clinch the assets of the old Connaught Racing team in 1957. This was to be a short lived venture as the death of Vanwall driver Stuart Lewis-Evans, who he managed, led him to walk away from motor racing once again.
 
1972 saw Ecclestone buy out the Brabham team and here began his long journey to be boss of world motor racing which he succeeded in when he became chief executive of Formula One Constructors Association (FOCA) aided by Max Mosley as his legal advisor.
 
In 1978 Ecclestone established Formula One Promotions and Administration (FOPA) which was to be the cornerstone of his power and money base; under this arrangement the deal negotiated gave 47% of TV rights to teams, 30% to Federation Internationale de l'automobile (FIA) and 27% to FOPA (aka Ecclestone) and was to run for 25 years until 1997, subsequently another contract was negotiated to run until 2007.
 
Fast forward to the present and we find that in control of the world body governing motor racing is a 78 year old man, his family life in turmoil and the likelihood of multiple team withdrawals due to the current economic downturn from the organization.
 
On Friday 5th December the chief executive of Honda motors, Takeo Fukui, who has been with the company since it first entered Formula 1 40 years ago announced their race cars would no longer be competing.
 
A recent survey reported that the annual F1 budget for Honda was $350 million and that to enable the race team to survive over the last 5 years it had cost the car firm $1.5 billion. Toyota, Japans other F1 team entered the arena in 2002 and have yet to win a race, this at a cost to them of $200 million p.a.
 
Red Bull racing are in doubt about whether to continue and have yet to make a decision and as they own Toro Rosso there must be a question mark over them too.
 
The German participation of BMW and Mercedes seems ok for the moment but both teams have orders to reduce their budgets by 50% for the coming year.
 
As if all the above was not enough let us have a final look a Bernie's personal involvement in aiding a continuous and harmonious industry. He first came under fire in 2004 when he was criticised by the British Racing Drivers Club president, former multi world champion driver Jackie Stewart, for not agreeing terms for the British GP at Silverstone, which temporarily led to that venue being removed from the 2005 calendar, it was later re-instated.
 
Tensions between Ecclestone and track owners surfaced openly in the U.S.A GP of 2005 when Bernie, who had the power to intervene did not, resulting in 14 of the 20 race drivers refusing to start because of a Michelin tyre issue.
The French and Canadian GP's will for the present not be taking place because of "the unreasonable demands of Ecclestone".
The Silverstone British GP has also been lost as of this year because of Bernie's demands, Flavio Briatore chief executive of Renault is quoted as saying "nowadays Ecclestone takes 50% of all revenues, but we are supposed to reduce our costs by 50%"
 
It seems wrong to bring Ecclestone's private life into the equation but we might be tempted to ask if his marriage was already suffering in 2004/5, and as much of his empire is in his wife's name was he then conscious of what he could lose and was he then taking steps to look after himself.
 
In the current environment the car industry in general is under the microscope for its carbon gas exhaust emissions contributing to global warming and the motor racing sector is leaving its own huge carbon footprint, add all this into the mix with the current economic situation and its no wonder there are huge questions being asked about the future of Formula 1 and its ageing chief executive.


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The Good, The Bad And The Repercussions
17 November 2008

 

What have new cars which are more friendly to the environment with lower carbon gas emissions and increased m.p.g. have in common with the present day unprecedented turmoil in the financial markets of the world in which United States sub prime mortgages have featured so much?
 
A well known French car maker has embarked on a new project to look into the feasibility of mass producing an ultra environmentally friendly car based on their new, well acclaimed concept car which is currently on show at the Paris Motor Show.
 
Through their new concept car they are now taking a new approach to an eco friendly vehicle. Among their imaginative radical ideas are a much simplified design and the reduction in the number of components thereby leading to a much more lightweight car.
 
Without compromising comfort or safety among their ideas will be the ability to remove the dashboard and instead of a door constructed of 12 components there will be only 2 parts made from recycled materials and their power units will be ultra economical with minimal carbon gas emissions.
 
All the above will contribute towards a vehicle to match the environmental and financial requirements of markets in our economical challenging world of today.
 
Now while the above illustrates a good positive side of the car industry the other side of the coin is a HUGE sub prime car market in the U.S.. Never heard of it? Then pin your ears back and listen.
 
The U.S. sub prime car loan business has been ongoing since at least 2004. The industry figures for 2006 reveal that automotive dealers initiated nearly $50BILLION in sub prime new vehicle loans.
 
Of the near 10 million customers in 2006 just under 2 million were in the sub prime category who leased or financed a new car deal either with a bank or financial company.
 
For clarity the term sub prime relates to a customer with a Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) Classic Auto Score below 650. Sub prime customers normally have longer loan periods – an extra 6 months – than non sub prime and are also able to secure a loan with a lesser deposit of under 12% compared to the normal rate of 17.5%.
 
With no firm figures to hand for later than 2006 the possibility is that anyone who has defaulted on their sub prime mortgage is likely to default on their car loan. The only saving grace with the car loans is that they are fixed rate throughout their term rather than variable as with mortgages.
 
The sub prime car business accounts for approx 25% of all car loans and leases in the compact car section which means most European car imports into the U.S. should not be affected as most of these imports are in the luxury up market section.
 
The U.S. auto market had tried to adjust to the then current economic situation by adjusting their lending criteria to take account of customer profiles.The intense pressure on the car makers and retailers to meet sales quotas and market share led them to practically sell to anyone, which has led us to where we are today, in the biggest mess anyone can remember.
 
To sum it up, the market demanded sales quotas and figures be met, the rules were changed to allow this and all due diligence went out the window, for what, for GREED.
 
The repercussions have started for EVERYONE.
 
Posted by Bill of  www.the-car-hub.co.uk
 

 

 



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The Disaster Of Ethanol As A Biofuel
29 September 2008

You would be forgiven if you thought that in these present times when world economies are slowing down due to a major banking crisis coupled with steeply rising energy and food prices that when a solution to a part of that problem is available the “powers-that-be" would support and promote it to ease the everyday burdens that now exist for us all.
For example there is a system which enables motorists to increase the fuel economy of their cars (or any vehicle) while literally steam cleaning the inside of their engines and hugely lowering carbon gas emissions to help save the environment and on top of all that leaves more of our hard earned cash where it belongs – in our pockets, thus easing the ever increasing higher daily costs of living; its called a Water4Gas fuel conversion system. 

Instead of supporting the above system, governments including America and Brazil are pumping Billions into the production of ethanol –a so called wonder biofuel, (when Americans get it wrong they really do get it wrong.)
Consider this, even the President of the World Bank stated there could be a global disaster if the west continued to replace food crops with the crops for the creation of biofuels. He also stated that as a result of the doubling in the price of food over the last 3 years that this could result in 100 million people in the poor developing countries being pushed further into poverty. 
How bad is the situation? The UK Guardian newspaper recently reported that “ in less than a year the price of wheat had risen 130%, soya by 87%, and rice by 74%, added to that is the U.N’s report that “ there are only 8-12 weeks of cereal stocks in the world, while supplies are at their lowest since the 1980’s”.  

When you also take into consideration that a factory producing ethanol at the rate of 50 million gallons p.a. requires 500 gallons of water a minute, water that in some areas is a very precious commodity, you begin to realise what an all round disaster this production of biofuels from crops is. How much longer will they persist with this life threatening policy?

So why, why, why are governments not helping us utilize the Water4Gas system for lowering fuel consumption, reducing carbon gas emissions to safeguard our environment and easing our financial burdens to make life that little bit easier?
 
R .Bill Williams

For full details of the Water4Gas fuel conversion system please visit:-


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British 2008 Motor Show, The Spanish Connection
22 July 2008



Click above for high-res gallery of the IFR Automotive Aspid

IFR Automotive is a design and technology company based in Spain that we've never heard of, but they're in London right now for the 2008 British Motor Show to debut the Aspid, a new featherweight "luxury" sportscar powered by a 400bhp supercharged 2.0L four-cylinder. Combined with a curb weight of just 1,543 lbs., the Aspid can reportedly reach 62 mph in an astonishing 2.8 seconds. IFR is fervent that the Aspid is not a stripped down track day special, but a full road car, hence the "luxury" modifier. It sure looks like Caterham circa 2055, but IFR claims that it's gone to the ends of the earth to keep the Aspid's weight in check while keeping the car suitable for road use. The Aspid sits on an aluminum extrusion composite paneled chassis weighing just 175 lbs., and all of its suspension components are aluminum as well. IFR also reduced the complexity of the car's electrical system, deleting processors and wires wherever it could. Rather than a bank of gauges staring back at you in the cockpit, drivers will instead find touch screens that relay all essential info and allow extreme customization of the car's mechanicals. You can change the rev limit, valve timing, overall power output, brake balance, ride height and a whole lot more all from the comfort of the driver's seat. Plus there's a nav system, wi-fi and a whole smorgesborg of telecom technologies stuffed inside. And did we mention it can reach 62 mph in 2.8 seconds? Damn. 
Item courtesy of John Neff.

Posted by Bill of  www.the-car-hub.co.uk
Gallery: IFR Automotive Aspid
 


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Is a Water4Gas fuel conversion "Environmentally" superior ...PART 2
14 June 2008

In Part 1 of this discussion I reviewed the environmental aspect of electric, hydrogen, and hybrid powered cars; in this document I will outline some of the deficiencies in the use of ETHANOL as a proposed "alternative" carbon-free, low-gas emission fuel.
 
Let's start by taking a look at where ethanol comes from, how it is produced, and why it is being touted as an energy efficient environmentally friendly biofuel.
 
Ethanol can be produced as a petrochemical via the hydration of ethylene, and biologically, by fermenting sugars with yeast. In this paper we will leave aside the ethanol produced petrochemically and take on board some facts relating to the field crops required to produce ethanol.
In the U.S.A ethanol as a fuel is derived mainly from maize (corn).
According to the "Renewable Fuel Association, in October '07, there were 131 grain ethanol bio-refineries in the U.S.A. with a further 72 refineries under construction.
Question: how much maize will these refineries consume just to
produce a biofuel?. Answer: America alone produces 270 million metric tons annually which is almost half the worlds harvest. It has been calculated that 500lbs of maize is required to fill one tank of the average american car; simple arithmetic will show that equates to approximately 12 tons of maize for 1 car for 1year. If America is producing 270 million tons p.a., which is the approximate amount required to keep 20 million cars on the U.S roads for one year then ALL of America's maize production is used on the production of fuel and none is left to use as FOOD.
Brazil now has a policy of supporting ethanol as a car fuel which is provided from domestically grown sugar cane, which not only has a greater concentration of sucrose than corn (approx. 30% better) but
is also much easier to extract.
The policies of both the Brazilian and the U.S.A. governments - the worlds suppliers of 69% of ethanol- regarding producing ethanol biofuels is directly at the expense of the food supply chain. Both sugar products and corn have soared up in price as a direct result
of these policies and the huge subsidies paid to farmers and industrial conglomerates. In fact the Asian Developement
Bank stated on Monday the 21st April this year "that developed nations should stop paying agricultural subsidies to encourage
biofuel production because those payments are making staple
foods more expensive."
Sweden does not help this situation either as its said that 13% of
new cars sold there now run on biofuel and practically every other
car maker in the world is trying to make their own version of a
biofuel car.
In following their policy to produce ethanol biofuel systems they have turned their backs to the fact that this policy has a negative effect on the environment by removing crops (food) from the food chain and where it is the case (Brazil, S.America) where tropical forests are being demolished to plant biofuel producing crops, they are removing those vital trees from from the land which themselves can literally absorb a ton of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in their lifetime.
Finally, a recent article in Science magazine states: "the use of US croplands for biofuels causes increased greenhouse gas emissions through emissions from land use change".
 
Having read the above it is incredible how anyone could perceive ethanol to be an ethical alternative fuel.
There is an ethical, environmentally friendly system available NOW,
but nobody in government nor anyone in the oil industry supports it.
WHY, - simply because they have a vested interest in the status quo.
The big conglomerates with government officials aiding them have invested BILLIONS in the aforementioned so called alternative fuels
and they have made huge mistakes but they wish to protect their bad investments at all costs, even at a cost to the world’s environment.
As mentioned we do have an alternative system that is eco-friendly and it is available NOW; it is the Water4Gas fuel conversion system
which for a very small fee is yours to benefit from immediately.
 
What are the immediate benefits of installing a Water4Gas fuel conversion system?
a)..Your vehicle will dramatically produce significantly cleaner gas emissions thus reducing the amount of carbon dioxide discharged
into the air.
b)..You will reduce the amount of land required for crops to convert
to biofuel which can then be utilized for growing food crops.
c)..Reduced petrol/diesel consumption via improved m.p.g.
d)..Both a & b help to provide a better, healthier environment, (and
incidentally you’ll find you have more cash left in your pocket.)
 
For full details of the Water4Gas fuel conversion system please visit:-


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Is a Water4gas fuel conversion Enviromentally superior to biofuel- YES
08 June 2008

Electricity production emits greenhouse gasses therefore electric driven cars will indirectly continue to contribute to the greenhouse gasses problem. 

Nuclear generated electricity is practically carbon free but what’s the end result of this type of production? The reality, exchanging carbon free air now for an expired nuclear reactor (life span 25-30 years ) which has to be decommissioned and cocooned away from the public for at least a hundred years - who is going to be around then to find out if a hundred years later it is actually safe. Also decommissioning costs can far exceed the construction cost of a nuclear facility adding billions to the cost of the electricity produced. 

Hydrogen fuel cars, one of the major problems involved with this fuel is its distribution and storage because it is either liquid or pressurised. This system loses out to electric cars as all you require to keep an electric car running is an extension lead to charge up overnight ( when economy rates apply) but having said that you are then back to square one - having to produce more electricity. 

Hybrid (electric and petroleum) cars, are on the road at present and there is some good press written about them; however very little is said about the dangers built into these cars. 

Take the battery for starters (sorry!), most hybrid cars have new type batteries made of nickel and lithium.ion, both components are regarded as more enviromentally friendly than the traditional lead based type, which constitute the majority of car batteries today. Although nickel and lithium.ion batteries are accepted as less toxic than the traditional lead ones they are known carcinogens and can lead to an array of other health problems. Not a great deal of testing has  been done on the human body but possible side effects include xencephaly, everted viscera, short and twisted neck, short and twisted limbs, microphthalmia, haaemorage and reduced body size. ( Source:- Teratogenicity and Embryotoxicity of nickel cadmium in Syrian hamsters, William F. Sunderma. Univ. of Connecticut ). 

A further overhanging problem for the hybrid car is in the manufacture of their advanced electric motors. The rare earth element dysposuim is required in their production, the problem is that nearly all this rare earth element comes from China and Chinese home consumption is expected to take up the whole supply by 2012. There are only two other known sites where this rare earth element can be found, in Canada and Australia, but whether production in these countries will  be sufficient and online by 2012 is questionable. 

To sum up the above from the point of view of claiming to supplying environmentally friendly
fuels we have:-
a)..Nuclear..which admittedly is very near carbon free but the nuclear, potentially dangerous, footprint from each power station will be around for 100 years plus. (If any one of you has ever had the experience of living near a decommissioned nuclear facility as I have you will know this
is what is required.)
b)..Hydrogen..at the present time our technology is not sufficient to make this a safe viable option, and should therefore be ruled out.
c)..Hybrid..here we have serious problems with the supply of scarce materials for the production of vital components and also medical dangers which could result in serious deformities of the human body following the use of certain raw materials. 

We already have the answer to our vehicles providing a much cleaner carbon free air via lower gas emissions,. at the same time saving money with much improved m.p.g. in the low-cost Water4Gas fuel conversion system. Full details, diagrams and technical data can be found at:- 

www.the-car-hub.co.uk

Bill 



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