Formula 1 is already developing its own 100 % environmentally clean fuel. According to the new rules of racing, by 2025 Formula 1 cars will be equipped with new-generation engines adapted to green fuel.
Despite the rising popularity of electric vehicles, F1 has shown little interest in them and believes that by 2030, fewer than 10 % of cars will be fully electric. It cannot be ruled out that the new fuel for Formula 1 cars will be produced from municipal waste or seaweed.
According to Car and Driver, the transition to fully synthetic fuel could lead to Porsche becoming the supplier of engines to Formula 1. The German company earlier announced that it was working on its own synthetic fuel, to be known as eFuel.
This is 100 % environmentally clean fuel which can be used in standard internal combustion engines with no modifications required. Plans call for it to be created by using components either from carbon capture systems or from municipal waste. That will allow for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 65 % compared to petrol from fossil fuels.
Former world champion Nico Rosberg believes that the future of Formula 1 lies in synthetic fuels, which could potentially serve as a “bridge” to electric vehicles.
“If, potentially, we could create a bridge there … with synthetic fuels, it could have such a huge impact globally,” Rosberg told CNBC.
The governing body of motor sport, the FIA, had earlier presented a hybrid power train and established in 2014 “Formula E – races for electric cars.