BTCC to introduce more sustainable fuel next year

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The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) is to use a more sustainable fuel from the 2022 season onward.

BTCC organizer TOCA opened a tender process for the supply of a more sustainable fuel to the series from 2022-2026, with expressions of interest invited and received.

Following detailed assessment and careful review of all submissions, TOCA has selected a fuel that is considerably more sustainable than the fuel that has recently been introduced to petrol station forecourts throughout the UK (E10).

The new fuel, designated Hiperflo R20 – contains 20% renewable components, comprising 15% second-generation ethanol content and 5% renewable hydrocarbons. It is calculated by the manufacturer that this will give approximately an 18% reduction in greenhouse gasses when compared with current pump fuel, significantly lowering the fuel’s impact on the environment.

The successful tender was submitted by Haltermann Carless, which has been supplying the unbranded TOCA control fuel to the BTCC for some 26 years.

A small batch of this new fuel was recently produced and distributed to all current BTCC engine builders, as well as the BTCC fuel system supplier ATL, for trial and test purposes. TOCA says that tests and examinations of the new fuel have returned excellent results, with absolutely no adverse effects recorded to either engine performance or the fuel system.

The new fuel will be manufactured by Haltermann Carless at its refinery in Harwich, Essex, UK, and distributed directly to the teams at each event by Vital Equipment.

The introduction of the new fuel next season will also coincide with the commencement of the BTCC’s Hybrid era, as the series continues to lead the way in UK motorsport with regards to sustainable technology.

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he oversees Automotive Powertrain Technology and Professional Motorsport World magazines as editor.

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