Both methanol and ethanol can be used as alternative fuel sources. Both of these alcohols are mixed with gasoline in certain percentages in order to offer a better fuel for both the environment and the vehicle’s performance. It is inexpensive to produce both of these alcohols, as they can be produced from many different processes. Methanol can be made from corn and other plants known as biomasses, as well as from synthetic gases. Ethanol is generally produced from the fermentation process of yeast or bacteria. This is when these microorganisms metabolize energy and form alcohol as a byproduct.
Benefits of Methanol and Ethanol
Both of these alcohols have many benefits. Not only is it cost-effective, it is also more efficient and better for the environment. Both of these alcohols absorb heat in reactions within the engine. This makes it an effective fuel as it won’t cause overheating in the engine. Both chemicals burn “clean,” which means that they don’t release greenhouse gases when they are burned, unlike pure gasoline. Ethanol is an especially clean and renewable biofuel. Finally, they both provide a higher octane rating, which increases fuel efficiency.
There is a caveat, though: you get fewer miles per gallon when using methanol and ethanol as alternative fuel sources. This means that you get more power from the fuel, you just have to refill more often. This is ideal for racecar drivers because they don’t need to go long distances, they just need to go fast for a short distance. An increase in power and efficiency while burning fewer greenhouse gases, burning cooler than gasoline, and being cost-effective is ideal for race car driving.
These alcohols are both great options for racing. Ethanol is a more environmentally conscious option, while methanol burns cooler and provides more power. They are comparable and a great eco-friendly option for these race car drivers.