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FIA develops 100 per cent sustainable fuel

Formula 1's governing body has claimed that it has created a 100 per cent sustainable fuel that can be utilised in its grand prix vehicles.

The fuel, which has been manufactured from bio-waste, has been supplied to F1 engineers for testing, as part of the sports' ambitions to become net-carbon zero by 2030.

Within the next five to six years, Formula 1 plans to use sustainable fuels upon the creation of a new engine formula, which will be made a mandatory requirement when the sport introduces its new power-unit design, scheduled currently for 2026, however, this could be moved forward until 2025.

"FIA takes its responsibility in leading motor sport and mobility into a low-carbon future to reduce the environmental impacts of our activities and contribute to a greener planet," said Jean Todt, FIA president.

"By developing sustainable fuel made from bio-waste that can power F1, we are taking a new step forward.

"With the support of the world's leading energy companies, we can combine the best technological and environmental performance."

At present, Formula One are using their hybrid engines, which were introduced in 2014, in what was viewed as a monumental move towards efficiency in the sport. Despite its effectiveness in converting fuel-energy into power (thermal efficiency), the engines are said to be expensive to manufacture and complex, problem that the new engine formula set to be created hopes to tackle.

Ross Brawn, F1's managing director of motorsports, added: "F1 has long served as a platform for introducing next-generation advancements in the automotive world.

"We are delighted by the momentum on sustainable fuels, which perfectly aligns with our plan to be net-zero carbon as a sport by 2030.

"Our top sustainability priority now is building a roadmap for the hybrid engine that reduces emissions and has a real-world benefit for road cars.

"We believe we have the opportunity to do that with a next-generation engine that combines hybrid technology with sustainable fuels."

Author: Jake Wilkin