The German tuners Lexmaul have transformed an Opel Vectra wagon into a high-performance E85 flex-fuel vehicle. The bio-fuel conversion and body kit are part of a three stage upgrade. At “Stage 3” output of the 2.0 liter turbocharged engine goes from the stock 175 hp to 270 hp, thanks to a larger turbocharger and fuel injectors. The conversion package costs €899 ($1,166) but the limited availability of E85 in Europe could become a problem for this green machine.
More info in the press release after the jump.
Lexmaul continues in a future with climate-friendly mobility and provides the current Opel Vectra 2 liter turbo with an environmentally friendly Flexifuel conversion. Thus, the Opel will burn both the renewable bio-ethanol as well as Super Plus petrol.
There are benefits to Stage 3 with 270PS possible.
The environmentally friendly and mature drive design reduces the emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) in the ethanol operation by up to 80 percent - compared to the petrol variant. Moreover, the Green Turbo Power Lexmaul Vectra through its unrestricted everyday suitability. With a surcharge of just 899 euros for the Stage 1, we make our potential customers the decision very easy.
But not only the proportion of CO2 in the exhaust gas is significantly reduced, also the emissions of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and the so-called aromatic carcinogenic compounds such as benzene is significantly reduced. Under the name of the famous E85 fuel is 85 percent pure bio-ethanol use and only about 15 percent of super petrol.
But even with the less widely used E50 fuel would be the engine of Lexmaul Vectra cope.
Another advantage is the ease of handling of bio-ethanol Vectra. The shell process does not differ from the conventional way. Maximum flexibility is also the possibility of regular gasoline to refuel guaranteed.
Despite the approximately 20 percent higher consumption calculated driving with E85 with the first kilometer, because the price of a liter of bio-ethanol, currently at around 90 euro cents.
Taking the over on the price per liter in order, calculated on a price of around EUR 1.10 per liter. So there is a real savings of approximately 35 cents or 25% per liter of fuel.
The icing on the cake, however, is that despite the improved environmental and cost on the balance sheet is not driving to be waived. Even with the Stage 1 upgrade for 899 euros Green TurboPower Vectra an output of 220 hp and has over 330 Nm of torque. From 1935 euros is available in the Stage 2 version a well-sounding exhaust system to do so. Currently the performance culminates in the Stage 3 conversion at 270 hp and 405 Nm of torque. This exchange is not only the controller, but also replaced the turbocharger and injectors by larger variants. The price for the sportiest kind require a Vectra to drive is turned on for about 4555 euro on the incoming serial version with 175 horsepower.
Stage 3 in the diagram with Super Plus (270PS) and ethanol (285PS)