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QUESTION: Dear Skip

Can Formula racing car fuel be diesel or CNG?

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Prashant

ANSWER: Prashant,
 Of course any engine can be made to run on any fuel. The problem with Diesel or Compressed Natural Gas is it will NOT make the Horse Power that racing fuels can supply.
 I'm not familiar with CNG and the power it makes. I do know that a Diesel makes a ton of torque but the engine is very slow to gain Revolutions Per Minute (RPM).
 I think a CNG engine would have to have a very heavy fuel supply system and putting fuel in the vehicle may be difficult and time consuming.  
 In my opinion, Racing would NOT be as much fun to watch if they ran a Diesel or CNG engine. Just MY opinion. Thank you for the question and hope things are going well in your part of the World. It is getting REALLY CRAZY!!
Skip

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QUESTION: Dear Skip

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Do you feel CNG could be a risk factor as compared to Diesel where there could be zero risks?

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Prashant

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Prashant,
 Don't kid yourself. ANY fuel will burn and there is ALWAYS a risk of fire. While CNG will burn easier, I have seen a LOT of 18 wheelers (over the road trucks) in crashes, burnt to the ground, because their fuel tanks have burst and caught fire and they use diesel fuel.
 There is no such thing as ZERO RISKS when it comes to fuel.
 Hope this helps..
Skip

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Heretofore, I will NOT answer any mechanical question. I am not qualified and can only offer speculations. You are better served by others that are true Techs. With that being said, please only ask about parts and locating obsolete Auto Parts. Thank you. I have the ability to locate quite a few mechanical parts for American made vehicles fron the 1900`s to present. Some are OEM and some are aftermarket. This would include engine, brake and chassis parts. Body parts and trim are VERY difficult to find but you may inquire. If you need assistance in repair, I have illustrated books for major American manufacturers that show some illustrations BEFORE 1974. If needed, I can supply repair manuals for your specific vehicle. PLEASE REMEBER I'M A PARTS SPECIALIST, NOT A TECH!! Thank you.. Skip

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