FIA introduces sustainable fuels for F1 testing

Jamie Woodhouse

FIA releases biofuel for F1 testing.

The FIA have released their first barrels of 100% sustainable fuel for power unit manufacturers to begin testing.

The FIA have released plans to become carbon neutral from 2021 and have a net zero carbon footprint by 2030 as the governing body look to lead the way in developing a greener future for motor racing.

And one of the biggest advancements they hope to make is with the introduction of 100% sustainable fuels, made from bio-waste, to power Formula 1 cars.

The FIA have revealed that the first barrels have been delivered to power unit manufacturers to begin testing, with the aim being that F1 suppliers will go on to produce their own biofuels as the series looks to make them mandatory as part of the new generation of power units, currently penciled in for 2026.

“One of the most significant steps to achieving this goal has been the research, development and production by the FIA’s Technical Department of a 100 % sustainable fuel, developed to stringent F1 specifications, able to power Formula One cars,” read an official statement.

“As a second-generation biofuel variety, meaning it is exclusively refined using bio-waste, not intended for human or animal consumption, the first barrels are now with F1’s power unit manufacturers for testing and validation.

“The objective is to demonstrate the technology works and to lead F1 suppliers to develop their own fuels, with the mandatory requirement of 100% sustainable fuels in F1 targeted by the introduction of the new powertrain architecture.”

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FIA president Jean Todt said: “FIA takes its responsibility in leading motor sport 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 is part of the Purpose Driven initiative focused on the societal contribution of our two pillars.

“By developing sustainable fuel made from bio waste that can power Formula 1, we are taking a new step forward. With the support of the world’s leading energy companies, we can combine the best technological and environmental performance.”

Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn added: “Formula 1 has long served as platform for introducing next generation advancements in the automotive world.

“We are delighted by the momentum on sustainable fuels which perfectly aligns with our plan to be net zero carbon as a sport by 2030.

“Our top sustainability priority now is building a roadmap for the hybrid engine that reduces emissions and has a real world benefit for road cars. We believe we have the opportunity to do that with a next generation engine that combines hybrid technology with sustainable fuels.”

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