Sustainable Motorsport Round-Up for November 26, 2021 – MotoGP Goes Synthetic Fuel and More

Once again, motorsport is increasingly responding to the sustainability challenge with news since my last Sustainable Motorsport Round-Up from MotoGP, Formula E, FIM E-Xplorer World Cup and more.

Formula E

Sustainable Motorsport Round-Up for November 26, 2021
  • Formula E is working towards a major change with their upcoming Gen 3 car ready to take the track in 2022-23 but until then, they need to shore up their marketability and popularity since it doesn’t matter how sustainable you are if nobody is watching. Formula E, like all racing series needs to be sustainable environmentally but also financially. Series CEO Jamie Reigle discusses their approach in Formula E looking to upscale but media rights monetisation still not a priority.

Extreme E

Sustainable Motorsport Round-Up for November 26, 2021 - MotoGP Goes with Synthetic Fuel and More
McLaren Extreme E livery

Formula 1

Motorcycles & Scooters

Sustainable Motorsport Round-Up for November 26, 2021 - MotoGP Goes with Synthetic Fuel and More
  • The FIM E-Xplorer World Cup is a new series set to debut in 2022 and series CEO Valentin Guyonnet discusses what we can expect.
  • Curious about what a hydrogen powered electric motorcycle looks like? A little bit like one of those lightcycles from Tron according to these images of the Apex H2.
Sustainable Motorsport Round-Up for November 26, 2021 - MotoGP Goes with Synthetic Fuel and More
Apex H2 Hydrogen Motorcycle

Sports Cars, Touring Cars & More

Sustainable Motorsport Round-Up for November 26, 2021 - MotoGP Goes with Synthetic Fuel and More
Porsche Mission R on track
  • I have mentioned in previous Sustainable Motorsport Round-Ups the Porsche Mission R electric concept GT racer with a lot of cool photos and details on the car but that is all they were. Well CNET reporter Tim Stevens took one on a test drive and, while Porsche limited the power output purposely for safety reasons, Stevens calls the prototype “Tomorrow’s GT racer, today.”
  • Related to the Mission R prototype are Porsche’s plans for a future one make electric GT series. Head of Porsche Motorsport Thomas Laudenbach said there’s a “clear goal” to produce a single-make race series with a Porsche electric vehicle, something the Mission R concept will help them realize. It is also interesting to read his thoughts about the forthcoming FIA Electric GT Championship, a series he states “so far it’s not where it should be for us really to make a step.”

Green Racing Tech

Sustainable Motorsport Round-Up for November 26, 2021 - MotoGP Goes with Synthetic Fuel and More

Sustainable motorsport technology continues to evolve and develop and there were some notable developments since the last Round-Up.

  • I have mentioned the developments of sustainable fuel multiple times in the Round-Up and indeed in this edition as well as MotoGP pursues that route but there are numerous approaches to developing a sustainable synthetic fuel without the use of oil. Dimensional Energy has an interesting approach as they plan to use artificial photosynthesis to turn CO2 into sustainable fuel. As a finalist in the $20 million Carbon X Prize competition, the startup is in the early stages of showing how recycling CO2 into sustainable fuels could significantly reduce global emissions while also creating a massively profitable industry.
  • UK-based electric and hybrid powertrain specialist Hypermotive have launched a European subsidiary called Hypermotive GmbH. The new company will bring Hypermotive’s e-mobility products and integration engineering to EU and Scandinavian customers.

The Big Picture

Sustainable Motorsport Round-Up for November 26, 2021 - MotoGP Goes Synthetic Fuel and More
Image via Sports Pro Media

The Big Picture takes a more macro view of sustainability issues both in motorsport and sport as a whole. It looks beyond the silos that we sometimes confine ourselves to as it allows stakeholders to see how sustainability is dealt with in sports individually and as an industry.

  • I have mentioned it before but if you have not checked it out yet you should visit the Sustainable Motorsport Index. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.”

Getting to the Track Sustainably

Sustainable Motorsport Round-Up for November 26, 2021 - MotoGP Goes Synthetic Fuel and More

Getting to the track sustainably is an occasional section featuring developments in the wider sustainable transportation sector as a way to provoke discussion and awareness of sustainable air, sea and land transportation options which could be employed in the motorsport context.

  • The TR Group has ordered 20 hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) electric trucks from Hyzon Motors. The 20 HFC trucks will remove approximately 5,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere every year and will be made available to customers by way of a Fully Maintained Operating Lease (FMOL), including fuel.
Sustainable Motorsport Round-Up for November 26, 2021 - MotoGP Goes Synthetic Fuel and More
  • Finally, Embraer has unveiled 4 new alternative-fuel aircraft concepts with low-to-zero emissions. The mix would make it about 50 percent more efficient than combustion alone, and it would cut 50 percent of carbon emissions—90 percent if running on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)—and offer a 500-mile range. Embraer estimates it could launch by 2030.

That is it for this edition of the Sustainable Motorsport Round-Up. Stay safe and I will see you at the track!

Mark Boudreau
Author: Mark Boudreau

Mark is the publisher of Motorsport Prospects. As a former lawyer, he applies his legal background and research skills to assist race drivers by showcasing the resources they need to make their motorsport careers happen.