May 232012

Formula 1 - Reduce Emissions

Formula 1 - Reduce Emissions

It’s hard to imagine low emission eco-cars replacing the fuel-guzzling super cars that we see in motorsport, but with global warming concerns growing, the US government is pushing for the motor industry to develop and introduce environmentally-friendly cars that have the same high performance level as their petrol counterparts. As a platform for new vehicles and technologies, the motorsport industry is able to influence the market, and therefore has a level of responsibility to join in the switch to eco-cars.

Formula 1 use how much fuel

The official Formula 1 website states that a single team use approximately 200,000 litres in petrol in just one season, and that this needs to be reduced in order to cut down emissions. Therefore, within the next two years, Formula 1 will be implementing V6 engines that use energy recovery technology. This is expected to make vehicles 35 per cent more fuel-efficient, while still providing the same high performance. This is a sign of things to come, and the start of a more responsible Formula 1.

Student Create Race Car

There is also an annual Formula Student competition, whereby students from universities worldwide are invited to design and manufacture their own vehicle and compete in a race at Silverstone. With this competition, Formula 1 bosses intend to nurture the creativity of young automotive engineers and help to develop new technologies. Last year’s event proved a success, as 13 electric cars took place in the race, one of them outperforming the majority of even the petrol cars.

Future Car Challenge

Other motorsport events are also taking a greener outlook. There have even been races dedicated to eco-cars alone. For example, three years ago, RAC introduced its Future Car Challenge, a 60 mile race from Brighton to London for new eco-cars, including those that have yet to go into production. The winner is not the car that finishes first, but the one that consumes the least of amount of energy. A similar event is the Revolve Eco-Rally, a race from Oxford to London for new fuel-efficient eco-cars.

Solar Powered Cars

There’s also an event for solar-powered cars. The World Solar Challenge in Australia requires teams from all different countries to travel 3000kms from the Darwin to Adelaide using only solar power and kinetic recovered energy.

Le Mans Motor Event

Even Le Mans, which has been running since 1923, is looking to introduce eco-cars. As the world’s oldest endurance sports car event, Le Mans has often been responsible for influencing changes in the automotive industry. The event focuses on the endurance of vehicles, so sustainability and efficiency are important factors in competing vehicles. This is a good incentive for manufacturers to create and develop more environmentally-friendly models, and Audi and Toyota are among those that have announced plans to use electric and hybrid models in this event soon.


The famous NASCAR events have also demonstrated a change towards greener technology by using an electric vehicle as a pace car for the first time ever. The Ford Focus Electric will have its NASCAR debut at the Virginia Sprint Cup Series this year.

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