Formula 1 reveals plans for creating its 100% sustainable fuel

Jamie Woodhouse
Nikita Mazepin heads a train of cars during the Russian Grand Prix . Sochi September 2021.

Nikita Mazepin's Haas at the front of a train of cars during the Russian Grand Prix. Sochi September 2021.

Formula 1 has revealed how it hopes to develop a fully-sustainable fuel which will cut carbon emissions by up to 65%.

The series has created the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and already steps are being taken, with a cut in single-use plastics and a first-ever carbon neutral broadcast at the 2021 British Grand Prix.

For the 2022 season a new E10 fuel will be in use, comprising of 90% fossil fuel and 10% ethanol, but further developments are to come, the biggest being the targeted introduction of a fully-sustainable fuel for the Formula 1 engines, which also would be developed to power standard internal combustion engines.

Current plans are for Formula 1 to introduce a new generation of power units for the 2025 season, at which point it is hoped this ‘drop-in fuel’ will be ready for use.

The glaring question of course was exactly how Formula 1 would set about creating this revolutionary new fuel, but now we have an answer.

Monza sprint race. September Monza 2021
The start of the second sprint race gets underway at the Italian Grand Prix. September Monza 2021

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“This 100% sustainable ‘drop-in fuel’ – meaning it can be used in a standard internal combustion engine without any modification to the engine itself – will be laboratory-created, using components that come from either a carbon capture scheme, municipal waste or non-food biomass, while achieving greenhouse gas emissions savings relative to fossil-derived petrol of at least 65%,” reads a statement on the Formula 1 website.

 

Formula 1 is referred to as the pinnacle of motorsport, so any new fuel would need to offer a similar amount of power to the current sources which have been developed for maximum performance.

However, Formula 1 say this new fuel can be developed to match the current power output, meaning zero loss for the manufacturers.

“Crucially, the new fuel will also pack a punch worthy of the pinnacle of motorsport, matching the energy density of Formula 1’s current fossil fuel petrols – meaning the cars will be every bit as fast as they are today,” Formula 1 assures.