The American Ethanol program was initially launched with NASCAR in mind, but we have evolved to encompass a multitude of performance motorsports disciplines. Members of the American Ethanol Performance Team compete on drift courses, half and quarter-mile drag strips, and in offshore powerboat competitions. The common thread tying the team together? They all use high-octane ethanol blends to power themselves to victories, record-breaking performances, and sustained success in their fields. The American Ethanol Performance Team is proof that high-octane biofuels like ethanol are a smart choice for anyone who wants to boost engine performance and gain horsepower while maintaining engine longevity and reducing environmental impact.
Kyle Mohan is based out of Signal Hill, California and has been a mainstay in the automotive performance world for years. Kyle competes in the Formula Drift series using a high-ethanol blend in his custom-built Mazda MX-5, and he has found success competing against large, factory-owned teams, including multiple victories in the Formula Drift Long Beach Team Drift competition and a Redline Time Attack championship.
He also owns Kyle Mohan Racing and is a highly sought-after builder of Mazda rotary engines which can be found in his customers’ cars all around the world. Kyle Mohan Racing offers a variety of services including driver coaching, custom part design, race car and drift car builds, and component installation. Whether on the track or under the hood, Kyle brings years of automotive experience to the table.
Anthony Taylor is based out of Las Vegas and has driven some of the fastest cars in the world at tracks across the United States. Unlike Kyle Mohan’s drift competitions, Anthony is all about straight-ahead speed. Whether it be a Porsche, Lamborghini, or Volksawagen, ethanol blends have been a key to Anthony’s success in a variety of high-performance vehicles. Most recently, Anthony drove a Twin Turbo Lamborghini Superleggera built by Nth Moto, and he is currently working with BBI Autosport on a new build: a 2008 Porsche 997 GT2 that he will debut in 2018.
Previously, Anthony has driven the fastest Porsche in the United States, clocking in at 219 mph in a half-mile, as well as the world’s fastest Volkswagen Golf R, both running on high ethanol blends for a cleaner burn, more octane, and increased horsepower. Over his racing career, Anthony has taken home five 1st place finishes, and holds claim to having raced in one of the first flex fuel Porsches.
With a background in agriculture and industrial recycling, Don Onken perfectly embodies the spirit of American ingenuity and American Ethanol. The Onken family has a farming operation, and Don designed patented systems for collecting and recycling restaurant grease, as well as a separate process for oil filter recycling. In addition to his pursuits in the agriculture and recycling spaces, Don owns the American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat Racing Team. Don began fueling his powerboat with E85 in 2013 to cool the engines and get more horsepower.
Ethanol produces 43% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline and promotes cleaner air by displacing harmful, toxic additives in gasoline and we’re proud to partner with Don and his team who care just as much about sustainability and the environment as they do about power and performance.
The Onken team’s flagship competition is the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout (LOTO) in Missouri, which is one of the largest offshore powerboat competitions in the world, bringing together hundreds of high-performance boats.
American Ethanol partnered with the Onken team in 2015, and we haven’t looked back since. After launching the partnership, the 51-foot American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat set a then-world record for piston powered boats at the LOTO Shootout with a top speed of 208 mph, winning “Top Gun” honors for the fastest speed.
Since 2015, the American Ethanol Mystic Powerboat Racing team has continued to innovate and find success, having now taken home Top Gun honors at the LOTO shootout for the past three years in a row. Don’s team broke its own world record at the event with a top speed of 217 mph.