100% sustainable fuel developed for F1

100% sustainable fuel developed for F1

21st Dec 2020 8:00 am

Barrels of this fully sustainable biofuel have been delivered to F1’s power unit suppliers Ferrari, Honda, Mercedes-AMG and Renault.

Motorsport’s global governing body, the FIA, has developed what it calls “100 percent sustainable fuel” for Formula 1. Samples of the fuel have been delivered to F1 engine manufacturers, in line with the sport’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2030.

  • FIA claims the fuel is “exclusively refined using biowaste"
  • Aiming for F1 to use fully sustainable fuels by 2026
  • F1 power unit suppliers are testing the new fuel

F1’s net zero carbon push

The FIA has agreed a strategy for F1 to become carbon-neutral from 2021 as part of a wider effort to "reduce the environment impact of motorsport and mobility by setting clear goals to accelerate this progress". The goal is for the sport to have a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030.

To that end, the organisation has commissioned the development of a biofuel claimed to be “100 percent sustainable” and to conform to F1's stringent regulations. The first barrels have now been delivered to Ferrari, Honda, Mercedes-AMG and Renault, which supply the V6 hybrid powertrains to F1's 10 teams, for testing and validation.

No details have been given on the substance's make-up, but the FIA claims that it's “exclusively refined using biowaste”, unlike the high-octane petrol currently used by F1 cars. 

FIA hoping F1 suppliers will develop their own sustainable fuels

It's planned that successful trials of the new fuel will prompt F1 suppliers to develop similar substances, with an ultimate end goal of the series using fully sustainable fuels by 2026.

As of the start of the next F1 season, all teams must use fuel that is 10 percent biofuel, plus it will be permitted in other series, including the European Truck Racing Championship. 

FIA president Jean Todt said: “[The] FIA takes its responsibility in leading motorsport and mobility into a low-carbon future to reduce the environmental impacts of our activities and contribute to a greener planet. 

“I’m glad that our Members Clubs approve our environmental strategy that's part of the Purpose Driven initiative focused on the societal contribution of our two pillars. 

“By developing sustainable fuel made from biowaste that can power F1, we're taking a new step forward. With the support of the world’s leading energy companies, we can combine the best technological and environmental performance.”

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