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    Public perception of alternative fuels is often enhanced when these fuels are used to power high-performance race cars and stunning hot rods. Although alternative fuels’ benefit to the automotive industry has been subject to debate, ethanol (E85) is an alternative fuel gaining much attention and by select vehicle owners of E85-capable vehicles across the United States. Teaming up with SoBe Beverages, hot-rod builder and SEMA member Boyd Coddington recently unveiled his ethanol-powered hot rod—an industry first for the popular customization segment. “You know, if you put it all into perspective, it’s pretty humbling to think that we are the first to run an ethanol-powered engine in a hot rod,” Coddington commented.

    The surf-inspired build was unveiled on March 31, as part of the ESA East Coast Scholastic Surfing Championships presented by FEW-New Zealand, at Bethune Park in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

    At the heart of the hot rod is a Ford 460 V8, bored and stroked to a massive 533 ci. Engine management comes courtesy of a F.A.S.T.-engineered ECU unit, throttle body and fuel injectors. Other additions to the Ethanol hot-rod motor are an MSD Ignition system and Edelbrock intake. The dyno numbers this “eco-sensitive” motor puts down are extraordinary: 677 hp and 651 lb.-ft. of torque. Transferring the power is a beefed-up C6 three-speed auto transmission, and holding it all together is a Currie Enterprise Ford 9-inch rear, held in place by the brand new four-link control-arm suspension system by Air Ride Technologies, which replaces the traditional leaf spring setup.

    E85 is an alternative fuel as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy and is intended for use in flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs). SEMA has been tracking the development of alternative fuels in the automotive industry and their impact on the specialty-equipment industry. Later this year, SEMA will release its first-ever alternative-fuels market report, which will provide SEMA members a detailed look at the latest technological developments in this growing market. Questions? Contact Zack Krelle at

    Source: “Boyd Coddington Builds Ethanol-Powered Hot Rod,” Shout Public Relations