F1 is leading the charge in a bid to develop what it has described as “the fuel of the future” it claims will prove to be “a global game-changer”.
At present, F1 cars run with a 5.75 per cent blend of biofuel, a figure that will increase to 10 per cent next year when the next generation of cars are unleashed.
That fuel, however, must be a second-generation biofuel in that it is made from food waste and other biomass rather than crops grown for the purpose of developing fuel.
By 2030, F1’s aim is to be carbon neutral. It is anticipated that by the start of the next decade there will be 1.8billion cars on the roads, only eight per cent of which will be electric despite the industry’s drive for such vehicles.
With other solutions needed to reduce carbon emissions, F1 is in the process of developing a 100 per cent sustainable fuel that could also be utilised by vehicles – land, sea and air – around the world.
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It is lab-created from renewable biowaste, leading to fewer emissions, while it will also be more efficient, yet deliver the same power.
After leading the way with its current hybrid power units, F1 claims it is now “helping to drive a green revolution for the entire planet”.
The fuel is a part of F1’s drive to attract new manufacturers into the sport as it has made itself clear it will not go all-electric.
At present, a new PU is set to be introduced from either 2025 or 2026, with talks in the development of the system currently involving the Volkswagen Group.
The hope is either of its brands in Porsche or Audi will join F1 providing the PU is in line with the Group’s own global targets.