Converting your car to natural gas

Natural gas is a naturally occurring fuel that contains methane, ethane, butane and propane. Natural gas used for household purposes and now for internal combustion engines, is stripped down to methane which burns really clean. Methane is also a byproduct of the refinery process of crude oil. Natural gas is a cheaper prospect as compared to gasoline. Vehicle manufactures do not manufacture cars with compressed natural gas or (CNG) ready engines. The only vehicle manufacture producing CNG ready cars is Honda; however these are only limited experimental models. The good news is that it is possible to convert any car. So how do you convert your car to natural gas?

12 The whole conversion process has to be carried out by a certified CNG installer. There are some few things that you will need for this process. These include CNG conversion kits, accessories and CNG tanks. There are four categories of CNG tanks; Type 1 to Type 4 CNG tanks. Most important components of the whole system will be the CNG tanks, the fuel regulator and secondary fuel injectors and an extra fuel rail. Natural gas will have to be at 3600 psi in the tank, but delivered to the engine at a usable 125psi. This is the responsibility of the fuel regulator. Other important components include a fuelling computer and a wiring harness. 

The fuelling computer adjusts throttle information send to it by the wiring harness and sends this information to the new CNG fuel injectors. Specialists at a CNG shop will install all these components making natural gas the primary fuel source. A fuel selection may be installed allowing you to select between natural gas and gasoline.

Some other considerations before undertaking conversion will be whether your car qualifies. A car can only be converted on if it has CARB certification. Check first with a certified CNG specialist. Your car will also have to undergo rigorous testing to satisfy safety standards, EPA certification, as well as National Highway Traffic safety Administration regulations. You may also opt to have your own fuelling set up at home.13 

CNG conversion is therefore an option anyone should consider. The small drawback is that trunk space will be reduced due to the large CNG tank that will be installed. CNG tanks are also safer since they are built to withstand gun shots. The savings in terms of fuel and maintenance costs in the long term are a great incentive from natural gas conversion company in Oklahoma.

Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme Launch


The launch of the Astra VXR variant dubbed “the Extreme” has been confirmed by Vauxhall. This star at the Geneva motor show is a stripped out version that is has been termed as the most powerful speed-packed Astra road machine to be manufactured by Vauxhall to date.

The variant has been created according to the 2013 Opel Astra Cup features. This means that the Extreme is fitted with race-type modifications such as the improved aerodynamic exterior, six-point harnesses, comfortable racing seats and construction of things like the bonnet and doors using carbon fibre as per the Astra Cup racer.

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There are a number of other alterations to the Extreme too, such as a redesign to the body-styling, creating a greater look of aggression than the standard model. This has been achieved with the use of a quad-exit exhaust system as opposed to the twin exit featured in standard cars, new bumpers, bespoke wheels and tyres, and a big fixed rear wing.

In relation to the technical specification, the manufacturer has not yet made any firm announcements, but it is expected that the vehicle will have an improvement from the normal VXR 276 horsepower to an enhanced 300 horsepower or more.

The standard version of the VXR uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with direct injection and provides 276 horsepower at 5300rmp, which enable the vehicle to move from standstill to 60mph in just 5.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 155 mph.

The Astra cup racers produce 296 horsepower at 5600rpm, and though the torque is similar to the standard versions, the additional weight reduction results in a better speed performance.

The launch of the Astra VXR Extreme concept by Vauxhall is the basis of a low-volume model that will go into production for the future and coincides with the VXR brand’s tenth anniversary. Although the price tag for the new model has not yet been given, it is expected that the Extreme will be priced a notch higher than the standard model’s £27,260 price tag.

So what are you waiting for, get your used car valued here and get ready to buy the new Astra VXR.