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  • 2014 Silverado Bi-Fuel CNG Races in the Silver State Challenge

    This is a great show of performance on the new 6.2L Bi-Fuel Direct Injection platform.

    NGTNews article http://www.ngtnews.com/e107_plugins/...0#.VCOJDPldUa4

    The Silver State Classic Challenge - a 90-mile road race along Route 318 between Lund and Hiko, Nev. - has seen its fair share of hot automobiles and intense racing action over the past 25 years.

    What it hasn't seen is a natural gas vehicle among its field of racers.

    Until now.

    In fact, the NGV that ran the race the weekend of Sept. 20 was probably the most unlikely of NGVs to compete in such an event: a 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 crew cab with four-wheel drive and a GM 6.2-liter configured in a bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) application.

    That's right: a CNG-powered pickup truck among Lamborghinis, Ferraris and countless other exotics and muscle cars.

    The truck, which competed in the Nevada Open Road Challenge portion of the event, was converted by Utah-based AGA Systems using a 24 GGE CNG fuel system from Quantum Technologies. AGA specializes in CNG conversions for direct-injection GM engine platforms, such as the 6.2-liter and 5.3-liter.

    Bryan Wilcox, a racing enthusiast and AGA's vice president of business development, took the truck through Silver State's stringent technical check, which necessitated that the Silverado be outfitted with speed-rated tires and associated safety equipment. But except for those upgrades and the CNG system itself, the truck ran the Challenge in a stock configuration. Wilcox attacked the course with navigator and AGA colleague Silas Smith.

    The CNG Silverado raced in the 105 mph class, which is capped at a maximum speed of 124 mph at any point on the course. And what other vehicles stood with Wilcox's truck at this starting line? How about a Cadillac CTS, a ZL-1 Camaro and "an ocean of Corvettes," he says.

    Wilcox raced the truck at around 96 mph the entire course, and the vehicle crossed the finish line - albeit in last place. However, there is little doubt that among the entire field of racers that weekend, bi-fuel CNG stood out as a major winner for simply having a presence and holding its own.

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    Re: 2014 Silverado Bi-Fuel CNG Races in the Silver State Challenge

    Way to go Bryan at AGA Systems... he had some fun stories to tell about this race at our Tulsa get-together the other night.

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      raced the truck with the pedal pressed fully to the floor at the factory-governor limited 95 mph for the entire course, as the engine loafed at 3,100 rpm, what he referred to as a Texas commute. While not a podium finish, there is little doubt that among the entire field of racers that weekend, bi-fuel CNG stood out as a major winner for simply having a presence and performing flawlessly.

      AGA Systems EPA Certified bi-fuel CNG products are available for GM s entire light duty truck and SUV platforms, including the Silverado/Sierra 1500 pickups and vans, Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon, Yukon XL, Escalade, Escalade ESV equipped with the General Motors 5.3 L and 6.2 L Direct Injection engine families, as well as GM s light and medium duty trucks operating on the 6.0L standard engine platform and the 2.4 L Terrain and Equinox cross-over vehicles.

      Scroll down in the link below to find the story with the inflated arch starting line photo:

      http://agasystemsinc.com/category/press/
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