Formula 1 reveals plans for creating its 100% sustainable fuel

Date published: October 5 2021 - Jamie Woodhouse

Nikita Mazepin heads a train of cars during the Russian GP. 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.

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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.