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The world’s first ecofriendly Super-Elite Muscle Car unveils at Motorex 2012

Posted on 20 June 2012

Top car constructor and green homes builder Mick Fabar is set to stun car enthusiasts, politicians and environmentalists alike at Meguiar’s MotorEx in Sydney’s Olympic Park Dome on July 21, when he unveils a 600 horsepower, turbocharged, biodiesel  V8-powered sedan built with a ‘zero carbon footprint’ approach.
Scheduled to make its world premiere at Australia’s greatest annual celebration of custom, performance and collectable cars, ZERO’D is based on a 1967 model XR Falcon sedan that features numerous waste materials and recycled junkyard components in its construction.
The innovative eco-friendly build plan is designed to minimise carbon footprints and try to side-step the increased costs of new parts and materials that will be passed on by industry when the national carbon tax scheme starts on July 1.

The cost reductions achieved in the car’s construction also represents a head-on challenge to political and public opposition to ‘green’ initiatives, based on widely held beliefs that such schemes always result in increased costs.

ZERO’D is powered by a huge 7.3 litre Ford Powerstroke turbocharged V8 diesel truck engine that is also equipped with special fuel, inlet and exhaust systems that allow it to run on eco-friendly biodiesel fuel blends.

According to Fabar, use of commercially available B20 (20% bio, 80% petrol) biofuel straight from the bowser will reduce the V8’s harmful exhaust emissions by up to 70 per cent, while producing more than 450kW (600 horsepower) and potentially more than 1000Nm (738ft/lbs) of torque.

Fabar is twice winner of the prestigious Motorex Superstars award for his ‘Best of Breed’ Hot Rods in 2006 (SWUOOP - Ford Model A pickup) and 2011 (RAWR - ’34 Ford Coupe). 

Based at Orange in regional NSW, he also heads a multi-award winning construction company called Green Homes Australia, which specialises in the design and construction of eco-friendly sustainable homes.

According to Fabar, the eco-friendly principles evident in all of his green home designs were the inspiration for ZERO’D.

“I wanted to integrate those two themes; a street machine with ideally a zero effect on the environment in design, construction and when being driven,” he said.

“I’d been looking into the future and trying to figure out what kind of car my son would be building when he was 16. I thought it won’t be nitro-sucking street machines anymore and it won’t be electric cars either, because they’re pretty emotionless.

“The challenge sort of evolved from there. Could we build a super elite, super tough-looking Pro Touring car with a zero carbon footprint? Or something close to it?

“So I did some research into biodiesel fuels and figured we should put that into a car and see what horsepower we could get. It really didn’t cost anymore to build this car; it just required applying some basic principles.”

Fabar said he chose the classic XR Falcon because he wanted something unique to Australian motoring history and an iconic model which he believed all Aussies could appreciate, regardless of their brand loyalties.

“From 100 metres away I wanted it to look like an XR GT slammed on the ground, but from one metre away it needed to be totally mind-blowing.”

Fabar said ZERO’D is an aspirational name for the project – a desire to ‘zero’ the car’s environmental impact across the board.

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