With the introduction of a new generation of power units that will integrate hybrid technology into Rally1 class vehicles, the FIA is to introduce a 100% sustainable fuel in the WRC next season.
Following the World Motor Sport Council’s approval of P1 Racing Fuels as the exclusive provider for the series, a three-year agreement for supply will start in 2022 ahead of the World Rally Championship opener.
The fossil-free, hydrocarbon-based fuel features a blend of synthetic and biofuel components developed in-house by P1.
The FIA and the WRC promoter selected the fuel provider to supplement the introduction of hybrid technology into the Rally1 class. The series hopes to make a significant reduction in net CO2 emissions while still maintaining the performance characteristics that are expected, at a competitive price point. The WRC Commission and the FIA Sporting Department analyzed the P1 Racing fuel and decided that it was the best overall option across several key factors including cost per liter for competitors and technical competence.
The WRC’s sustainable energy tender process began in November 2020 and compasses sustainable fuels, the branding of plug-in hybrid charging systems and also sustainable energy generation.
Martin Popilka, CEO at P1 Racing Fuels, remarked, “Motorsport has long been an arena where innovations that shape the future of mobility are born. This is why P1 Fuels is especially proud to bring the first fully renewable fuel to the stages of the WRC. Our proprietary formulation is the product of four years of research and innovation, representing a first in the world of racing technology but also an important step toward carbon-neutral engines as part of the future of sustainable mobility. Providing an innovative, sustainable and cost-efficient fuel available at scale is not only exciting for the world of motorsport but the world of motoring, a promising sign that the future of carbon-neutral production automobiles is now a step closer to reality.”