FG Series Launches the All-Electric FG-Twin

The FG Series has launched their all-electric dual-mode FG Twin, a race car that could revolutionize motorsport. Full details can be found in this week’s Sustainable Motorsport Roundup. I also have news on EVs conquering Pikes Peak, a sustainable fuel-powered Radical and an insight into the new hybrid Indycar engine. All this and much more in this edition of the Sustainable Motorsport Roundup on Motorsport Prospects. Your source for sustainable high performance motorsport news.


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Former Formula 1 driver Nick Heidfeld and ex-Mahindra Formula E team boss Dilbagh Gill, the men behind the new FG Series all-electric race series have released visuals of what the race car will look like as well as details on its unique dual-mode configuration.

Scheduled to run in 2025 as a support series, the series follows a one chassis, two race series philosophy. The car will have the capacity to run with front and rear axle activation at 350kW of peak power and offers two different performance levels for the FG1 and FG2 championships. FG2 will be the entry-level for the series, operating the FG-Twin car on the lower power setting and “geared towards training drivers on their path to professional racing”. FG1 will have the greater power level and be pitched to more experienced professional drivers, and feature “increased downforce and greater freedom for setting up the car”.

Here are a number of articles that give a but more details on the car and plans for the championships.


If you read the Sustainable Motorsport Roundup you will understand how motorsport drives sustainability but in case you need a reminder, Drive Sports Marketing offers a refresher.

“In an era where making noise often takes precedence over conveying meaningful insights, we choose a less-travelled road, as Robert Frost would say. While the roar of engines and the thrill of speed may seem at odds with environmental stewardship, a deeper look reveals that motorsport is not only embracing sustainability but also accelerating innovation. In this article, we will explore how motorsport drives sustainability with far-reaching implications for the environment.”


FG Series Launches the All-Electric FG-Twin

Last week was the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb and EVs dominated. Frenchman Romain Dumas’ “1600-plus” horsepower factory 2024 Ford F-150 Lighting SuperTruck covered the 12.42-mile climb in 8 minutes, 53.553 seconds for the fastest time of the day Sunday while Dani Sorto finished third in a Hyundai Ioniq 5 N TA.


The CBL Newswire explains how Lenovo is helping to drive Formula 1 towards a more sustainable future. “In partnership with Lenovo, F1 is rethinking the way that the organization uses technology. Initiatives such as recycling old computers, using more sustainable hardware, and working to ensure that 40 truckloads of servers don’t have to be shipped from circuit to circuit are helping to reduce the organization’s environmental impact. With ambitious plans to use technology to drive efficiency even further, Lenovo and F1 are working together to drive forward the sustainability agenda of the world’s favorite motorsport.”


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In a move toward sustainability, the Formula Student competition will use sustainable fuels for all combustion engine vehicles in 2024. Motorsport UK, the governing body for motorsport in the UK, will act as a key sustainability partner, supporting university teams by providing two Sustain Racing fuels from Coryton.

“Motorsport UK recognises that motorsport needs to have a broad view of the future propulsion solutions and incorporate sustainable technology, including fuels, within their genesis,” explains Motorsport UK Technical Director, Ian Smith. “Formula Student is a key opportunity for young, talented engineers to get their first experience of competitive motorsport and many go on to have professional careers in the sport, or associated industries. From the very start of their careers, we want them to consider how emerging technology can be included in designs, without compromising overall performance.” 


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Maxim explains how the Alpine Aplenglow Hy4 Prototype channels “the perfect fusion of driver and car.” The Alpenglow Hy4 Prototype uses a 4-cylinder, 340-horsepower engine, but the 7,000 RPM engine revs up using hydrogen in rather ingenious fashion.


FG Series Launches the All-Electric FG-Twin

It’s a sustainable first for the Hagerty Radical Cup UK as a Radical SR3 XXR crossed the finish line powered by “drop-in” SUSTAIN Super 80 fuel from UK-based Coryton, without any modification to the SR3 XXR.

SUSTAIN fuels are developed by bespoke fuel specialist Coryton. The fuels currently derive predominantly from second-generation biofuels manufactured from agricultural waste, such as straw, by-products or waste from crops which wouldn’t be used for consumption. This means they utilise the carbon that already exists in our atmosphere, which the plants absorb as they grow, recycling it, rather than releasing additional CO2, as fossil fuels do.”


FG Series Launches the All-Electric FG-Twin
IndyCar engineering insight – Andretti Global on the new hybrids

Digital Twin High Voltage Battery

Porsche offers a glimpse into the future with their work on the digital twin of a high-voltage battery. “To create a digital twin of the battery, the engineers provide a modular, scalable framework for integrating existing and future model components. The basis for this is a performance module that describes the electrical capability of the battery in a simplified manner and can build on established approaches such as the resistorcapacitor model. In addition, there is a more complex electrochemical model that simulates the processes in the battery cell at the level of individual particles—the interaction between anode, cathode and electrolyte. Another facet is the thermal model, which can be used to predict how the battery will react to cold or heat.”


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The Danish E-Kart Championship is set to return for the third time to the Scandinavian country that is making the green transition as pioneers in clean energy.

“We are very happy to organize the Danish E20 Championship for the third year. Denmark is a European frontrunner in green transition, which makes the Rotax E20 E-Kart a logical step in Danish Motorsport,” explains race promoter Robert Schluenssen. “I personally like that the driver skill is even more important when it comes to racing the E-Kart, as the electric powertrain is 100% equal. Last year, we had drivers from four different nations on the grid and I hope that we can have even more international entries for 2024. Together with the Danish Automobile Sports Union (DASU), we are fully committed to organise an even better event this time around to make it a most memorable experience for all the participants. The venue at Rødby is a modern and fast race track which was a selected venue on the European Karting Championship calendar in 2023. We are looking forward to welcome everyone to the seaside location in Denmark.”


FIA Formula E has recently revealed its calendar for Season 11, and Motorsport Week is taking a look at the new additions, the omissions, the alterations and what it means for those watching.


The Big Picture

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While regular readers of this column know how I feel about sustainable motorsport and the positive strides the sport has taken in recent years and continues to take, it is important to acknowledge that not everyone feels this way. Motorsport must acknowledge this and take any constructive criticism to heart and also learn from other sports and approaches. Here are a few articles that expand on the challenges of sustainability in motorsport and sport in general as well as positive sustainable sport news.


Getting to the Track Sustainably

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Quartz reports that as climate change increases pressure on the airline industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, some of the costs of doing so are being passed on to consumers. German airline Lufthansa announced Tuesday that it would begin charging an “environmental cost surcharge” to help cover the cost of complying with European clean-air regulations.

The surcharge will be used to help pay for cleaner-burning jet fuel and participation in carbon-offset schemes. Tickets will go up in price by as much as €72 ($77) for flights departing the European Union, the United Kingdom, Norway, and Switzerland beginning Jan. 1, 2025.

“The Lufthansa Group invests billions in new technologies every year and works together with partners on innovations that help to make flying more sustainable step by step and drive the scaling of key technologies beyond the Lufthansa Group,” the airline said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “In addition, the Lufthansa Group has actively supported global climate and weather research for many years. However, the airline group will not be able to bear the successively increasing additional costs resulting from regulatory requirements in the coming years on its own.”


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