Running a Chevy Malibu on Hootch

The team focused on the design and strategy for conversion of a stock 1997 Chevrolet Malibu with a 3.1 liter 60?V-6 dedicated to run on E85 (85% ethanol, 15% indolene clear) operation for participation in the 1998 Ethanol Vehicle Challenge by the University of California, Riverside. The primary focus of the design included the development of:

  • a -7?C cold starting system utilizing a distillation process.
  • close-coupled catalyst and
  • a secondary air injection system to decrease FTP cold start emissions.

Modifications included engine changes to increase thermal efficiency, improve handling, and to reduce friction.

The team came in 4th overall, winning in the best presentation category.