EU recognises FIAs environmental role 16 Jan 2008
Formula One racings governing body, the FIA, has welcomed a European Parliament report recognising the potential role the sport can play in accelerating the adoption of green technologies in the consumer car market.
The CARS 21 report, on the European automotive sector, acknowledges the FIAs leading role in encouraging the development and use of new environmental technologies and calls on it to continue its work to promote road-relevant research in motor sport.
The report recognises the role motor sport can play in changing attitudes and customer behaviour towards environmentally friendly technology; therefore asks the FIA and others involved in Formula One to change their rules accordingly, so that environmentally friendly technologies like bio-fuels, four-cylinder engines or hybrid can be more easily applied.
Max Mosley, FIA President and a member of the EU Commissions high level automotive policy group that formulated the report, said: It is immensely satisfying that the European Parliament recognises motor sports role in developing environmentally-friendly technologies and supports the work undertaken by the FIA in its campaign to make motoring more sustainable in the future.
With the support of the motor manufacturers competing in Formula One and with the engineering expertise unique to the sport, the new technical regulations will accelerate the introduction of energy-efficient technologies into the domestic car market.
The Formula One teams are already working on these technologies, with the 2009 season due to see the introduction of Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS), designed to use the heat generated by the cars brakes to help propel it.