Formula 1 develops sustainable synthetic fuels to introduce in 2026 – on sport news

Formula 1 develops sustainable synthetic fuels to introduce in 2026, formula1, sport

Formula 1 has developed a sustainable synthetic fuel that will be introduced in 2026 as part of its program to go zero carbon by 2030.

Synthetic fuels are produced by industrial processes and in their combustion emit only the carbon that was removed from the atmosphere to make them.

The fuel can be used in standard internal combustion engines and can help the auto industry to remove carbon.

In F1, it will be used in a new generation of hybrid engines from 2026.

This will increase the proportion of power generated by the hybrid engine parts compared to the super efficient motors used since 2014.

F1 reaffirmed its commitment to fully sustainable fuels in a statement on Monday detailing its progress towards its net zero goal.

The statement did not specify that the fuel it was developing was synthetic – not bio-mass – but sources within F1 confirmed to BBC Sport that was the case.

  • F1 will use engines powered by sustainable fuels by 2026
  • The statement said the synthetic fuel was already in production with support from regulatory agencies, the FIA, and F1 fuel partners and engine manufacturers.

It has been designed as a ‘drop-in’ fuel – in other words, it can be used as a substitute for standard fossil fuels in any internal combustion engine – to help speed its adoption and reduce costs for use in existing road cars.

Synthetic fuels are only completely zero if the energy used to make them is carbon free. However, the source said: “The goal is to be zero-emissions in the life cycle of the fuel.”

The hope is that this fuel can be used widely around the world to reduce carbon emissions while there are still millions of internal combustion engined vehicles on the road even though many countries are moving towards electrification.

Although many Western countries will ban the sale of new internal combustion engine cars at some point between 2030 and 2040, electric vehicles are still expected to make less than a third of them on the road by 2040.

By 2020, electric or hybrid vehicles will only make up 1% of cars worldwide.

F1 says it has made a series of other steps to move towards its net-zero goal, such as:

  • Introducing remote broadcast operation to reduce delivery
  • Redesigned cargo containers so that more efficient aircraft can be used
  • Transitioned to 100% renewable energy in his office
  • Delivered the first carbon neutral broadcast production at the 2021 British Grand Prix and aims to achieve the same at Silverstone again this weekend

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