The Goodwood Revival, an event that celebrates the rich heritage of motorsport, has committed to sustainability and this week you will find out how and why.
In other sustainable motorsport developments, you will learn what it is like to drive an electric single-seater, an electric go-kart that can go 100 MPH and sustainable logistics from both Formula 1 and Team Penske.
All this and much more in this week’s Sustainable Motorsport Roundup on Motorsport Prospects. Your source for sustainable high performance motorsport news.
Sustainable Motorsport News
Global Sustainable Sport has a great feature on the sustainability efforts of the Goodwood Revival called Bringing sustainability to an historic event, but still a big challenge ahead. “A celebration of vintage and re-use sits at the heart of the Revival, and now this ethos is fuelling the development of a more sustainable approach to motor racing, drawing on the Planet, People, and Participation pillars of sustainability.”
Staying in the UK, Motorsport UK profiles EV hillclimbs at Shelsley Walsh. “Electric cars are ideal for hill climbs and sprints. The battery weight is below floor height, providing a low centre of gravity, maximum torque is available from zero speed and there are no gears involved to drive from a standing start to over 100mph.”
Sustainable Motorsport Tech
In the September 7th edition of the Sustainable Motorsport Roundup I posted a video of a lap of Zolder aboard the all-electric ERA F110E race car. The driver in that video, Oz Maliphant graciously took the time to do a write-up of his experience for Motorsport Prospects. The lap took place in early September 2023. A big thank you to Karl Vanderkelen of the ERA Championship in providing the photos accompanying this article.
Professional Motorsport World reports that WAE Technologies (WAE) revealed its latest development, a fuel cell version of its EVR platform, at this year’s CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) show in the UK. “WAE says it has developed the high-performance hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle platform – EVRh – to demonstrate the potential of hydrogen (H2) powered powertrain systems through implementation in a high-performance vehicle application.”
Professional Motorsport World also presents a case study in testing Forze’s hydrogen race car.
“Founded back in 2007 when the hydrogen economy of the future was still a distant prospect, student team Forze Hydrogen Racing began by developing a small go-kart. Today’s Forze (Formula Zero) team is now working on the ninth generation of its hydrogen-powered vehicle: the Forze IX is a full-size Le Mans Prototype race car with excellent performance statistics – acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in under 3 seconds, a top speed of 300km/h, and fuel cell power of 240kW (600kW with boost). With their new vehicle, the Forze team competes against petrol-powered cars in the GT class of the Supercar Challenge, which runs from April to October each year – showing what is possible with race cars powered by hydrogen.”
A new electric go-kart from Blue Shock Race is demonstrating just how high performance an electric drivetrain can be in a go-kart. The company’s kart recently set a new world record of over 100 mph. A mostly unmodified kart was used to set the record in order to “show the performance that you can get from an ‘off the shelf’ product,” the team explained.
Formula 1 has announced that DHL’s new fleet of trucks running on biofuel reduced carbon emissions by an average of 83% compared to fuel-driven trucks during the European leg of the 2023 season. “Biofuel will continue to be used in 2024 and beyond, with the data from this summer providing invaluable insight as F1 and DHL explore further opportunities and sustainable innovations. The trucks also represent a small part of the many pieces being used by the sport as it moves towards being Net Zero by 2030.”
Team Penske has announced that as of September 8, 2023, all Team Penske tractors (haulers/transporters) and support equipment across NASCAR, INDYCAR and SportsCar series will be fueled by renewable diesel. “Renewable diesel is a drop-in fuel that can be used in place of conventional petroleum diesel, providing a much more sustainable alternative to other fuel types. As the trucking industry moves toward zero-emission vehicles, renewable diesel is helping bridge the gap without the extra equipment and infrastructure costs that may be required to support alternative vehicles like battery electric and hydrogen. The use of renewable diesel shows drops of more than 60 percent in greenhouse gas emissions.”
Extreme E and ALLCOT are excited to announce a pioneering initiative, the St. Helena Active Offsetting Pilot Programme, a dynamic, real-time solution scheduled for implementation aboard the championship’s floating centrepiece.
“Active Offsetting is a novel approach to carbon management that enables organisations to continuously monitor and offset emissions as they occur, providing heightened accuracy and transparency in managing their carbon footprint.”
Britcar has announced that their use of ROWE motor oils is part of their ongoing commitment to sustainability. “Sustainability is hardwired into ROWE’s DNA and as a result, ROWE have become champions in this field. The entire company sees it as their responsibility to focus on being sustainable as an act of conviction rather than a simple goal, fad or marketing stunt” says Jeremy Aston-Phillips. “Every single ROWE product is manufactured sustainably. We are beyond proud to have the support of this fantastic brand, who continues to make a change and assist us in working towards our sustainability goals.“