Keselowski calls NASCAR's implementation of Fuel Injection a disaster
[All other racing series have been using fuel injection for decades with no problems, but it seems antiquated NASCAR can't get it right.] Don’t include Brad Keselowski among the fans of the new fuel injection systems that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars will employ beginning with the 2012 Daytona 500.
Keselowski said he believes that NASCAR felt pressure to make the change from carburetors to fuel injection because of public perception on whether it is environmentally friendly.
He said it would not save fuel as many believe and said the performance is lacking.
“I think it’s a disaster,” Keselowski said after a fan appearance at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “It’s got less throttle response. It’s harder to get to start. It takes a computer to start the damn thing.
“It’s a pain in the ass. I don’t see where the fans get anything from it. … There’s a whole list of issues.”
While current passenger cars all have fuel injection, the Penske Racing driver said NASCAR isn’t using all the technology available.
“Cars on the street are fuel-injected with real electronics and not [partly using] throttle body – so we’ve managed to go from 50-year-old technology to 35-year-old technology,” Keselowski said. “I don’t see what the big deal is.”
Each unit will cost teams $25,000 and approximately 10 units will be required per car. That’s approximately $250,000 and does not include the costs for research and development of the move.
NASCAR is pushing the fuel injection as part of its green initiative because it should use fuel more efficiently.
“We’re not doing this because it’s better for the sport or better for the teams – I don’t even really think we’re going to save any gas,” Keselowski said. “It’s the media circus, trying to make you guys happy so you write good stories.
“It gives [NASCAR] something to promote, absolutely. And we’re always looking for something to promote. But the honest answer is it does nothing for the sport other than to cost the team owners money.” Scenedaily.com