F1 Plans To Create 100% Sustainable ‘Drop-In Fuel’ For ICE Cars For Reduced Emissions

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New engines and new fuel. Formula 1 (F1) is joining other large organisations to try and push to become Net Zero Carbon – a goal they intend to achieve by 2030. It’s no easy feat, but with plans for new engines for their race cars and a 100% sustainable fuel to power them, it seems that the governing body behind the sport is serious about its claims.

 

Watch the short clip below for an insight into F1’s plans for a cleaner source of fuel.

 
 

What is the fuel?

 

It’s not yet clear what the contents of the fuel will be, but we do know that F1 is already taking steps towards the change.

For example, in 2022 F1 will be moving to E10 fuel which is a mixture of 90% fossil fuel and 10% ethanol – the latter being a renewable energy source. This is a move in the right direction to create cleaner fuel, but F1 wants to take it that one step further by generating a 100% sustainable fuel (i.e. it can be created and/or consumed in such a way as not to cause harm or destruction).

F1 will hope to match the same energy density of traditional gasoline currently used in its race cars, but while cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 65%. According to them, any internal combustion engine will be able to run on the fuel and that it’s likely to be made available for the mainstream public to use.

The fuel is still in production and is being generated in a lab using components that come from a carbon capture scheme, municipal waste or non-food biomass.

A key driver in the arguments for this 100% sustainable fuel is that estimates suggest by 2030 that 1.8 billion cars will be on the road and only 8% of these will be electric vehicles. Should this be the case, internal combustion engines will still be essential for many modes of travel. Therefore, this fuel offers an alternative that might well be more accessible and sustainable than electricity, which still relies heavilty on fossil fuels for generation.

 

What is Net Zero Carbon?

 
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Quite simply, achieveing Net Zero Carbon is when the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) being emitted is no more than the amount being removed from the atmosphere.

With CO2 being one of the most harmful and abundant greenhouse gases, you’ll more often than not see this term used as a whole. However, there are other greenhouses gases such as methane, water and vapour which also fall under this bracket.

F1 hopes to follow in the footsteps of Formula E, which is currently the only sport to have a certified Net Zero Carbon footprint. Teams inside the sport have also made positive steps in reducing GHG, with Mahindra Racing recently announcing that it has earned the same certification.

 

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