Audi hopes 650-horsepower diesel race car will spark interest among Americans in gas-saving diesels.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - When you think of diesel, what comes to mind? Trucks, probably, and buses. Maybe a few German passenger cars.
But a race car? A diesel race car sounds like an oxymoron. Diesels are made for hauling, but not racing.
But that's what Audi will be entering in this year's American LeMans endurance race series. The R10 race car is powered by a 5.5-liter turbocharged aluminum V-12 diesel engine capable of producing 650 horsepower.
Mercedes-Benz confirmed that it will introduce five diesel models beginning this fall. Honda, BMW, Nissan and the Chrysler group each confirmed plans to add diesels to their lineups over the next three to four years. Photo: Mercedes E-320 BlueTec diesel.