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Mosley outlines vision for greener Formula One 12 Mar 2008

Max Mosley (GBR) FIA President.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 7 July 2007 Max Mosley (GBR) FIA President Motorsport Business Forum, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 6-7 December 2006. World © Sutton

FIA President Max Mosley presented his vision of an energy efficient future for Formula One racing during a speech to the International Advanced Mobility Forum (IAMF) at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday. The IAMF is a scientific and public forum, which focuses on personal mobility for a sustainable future.

During the plenary session, to an audience of leading automotive technology experts, the FIA President presented the latest thinking behind new technical regulations in the FIA Formula One World Championship. The new rules are set to introduce a series of energy recovery systems that will be hugely relevant to the car industry and to the increasingly eco-conscious motoring consumer.

“In 2009 Formula One is going hybrid as the first stage of a programme to divert the vast research effort at the pinnacle of motor sport towards energy efficiency,” said Mosley. “The development of engines has been frozen, meaning that extra power can only be gained by making better use of energy, or by getting more useful work from the fuel burned.

“Called KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System), this hybrid device is set to revolutionise Formula One. It will make the sport at once more environmentally friendly, road relevant, and at the cutting edge of future automotive technology.

“By bringing in rule changes which make these technologies the only means by which a power advantage can be obtained, we can ensure that the outstanding engineers and huge budgets available to Formula One will be deployed on energy recovery technologies which are directly relevant to the car industry’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions as well as the average motorist’s fuel bill.”

The FIA President also took the opportunity of the IAMF event to present the Make Cars Green campaign, which forms part of the FIA’s ongoing commitment to work with policy makers, industry and motoring consumers to encourage greener motoring.