The Formula 1 fuel of the future will be a lot less polluting, deliver the same amount of power as the current fossil fuel and should also be usable by passenger cars on public roads. It is the ambitious plan of the royal class of motorsport that was presented on Tuesday.
The Formula 1 will introduce next year a new technical regulations for the cars before there from 2025 or 2026 also launched new regulations for engines. The latter regulations are currently still being discussed, but with the switch to sustainable fuels and the scrapping of the MGU-H, Formula 1 wants to become a lot more sustainable in addition to attracting a new engine supplier.
The plan to switch to sustainable fuels has been discussed in Formula 1 for some time. Next year the F1 cars will start racing on E10 fuel, which consists of a mix of 90% fossil fuels and 10% ethanol. In about five years, however, the sport wants to use a 100% sustainable fuel. It is the next step of Formula 1 with the ultimate goal of having the sport operate completely CO2-neutral by 2030.
‘Drop in fuel’
For the introduction of this 100% sustainable fuel, Formula 1 wants to once again present itself as a sport where the latest technologies are being developed for public roads. The new fuel must provide the same power as current fossil fuels, while the sport also speaks of a so-called ‘drop-in fuel’. This means that the royal class of motorsport is already in talks with various large companies about the development of a Formula 1 fuel that can then also be rolled out worldwide for passenger cars on public roads without modifications.
Although car manufacturers are increasingly focusing on electrically powered cars, Formula 1 estimates that by 2030 only 8% of the estimated 1.8 billion cars on the road will be powered by an electric power source. With the development of sustainable ‘drop-in fuel’, Formula 1 wants to contribute to a greener planet.