WATCH: How Formula 1 is striving to create a 100% sustainable fuel

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Formula 1 is aiming to field a generation of new power unit by 2025 – and the championship wants that engine to be powered by 100% sustainable ‘drop-in fuel’ designed to help Formula 1 achieve its goal of being Net Zero Carbon by 2030.

2022 will already see Formula 1 move to E10 fuel, a mixture of 90% fossil fuel and 10% ethanol. But with the launch of the new generation of Formula 1 engines, the aim is to help develop a 100% sustainable fuel – with Formula 1 actively engaged in discussions with fuel companies about creating the fuel in the quantities needed for the championship, as well as then scaling up production for wider social use.

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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%.

F1's fuel of the future

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.

It’s estimated that there will be 1.8 billion cars on the road by 2030, with only 8% of those pure Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) – while internal combustion engines will continue to be essential to air and sea travel, as well as to the haulage industry.

By spearheading the development of 100% advanced sustainable drop-in fuels, Formula 1 can play its part in making an enormous impact on the global transport sectors’ greenhouse gas emissions.

Watch the video above to see how Formula 1 is working to create its 100% advanced sustainable drop-in fuel.

GP ITALIA F1/2021 - VENERDI 10/09/2021 
credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press

The energy density of the 100% sustainable fuels is set to match current levels in F1


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