A partnership agreement between P1 Racing Fuels, the FIA and WTCR promoter Eurosport Events will see cars competing in the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) powered by sustainably sourced fuels. After completing a tendering process overseen by the FIA’s technical department, P1 Racing Fuels, based in Berlin, Germany, was successful in developing a biofuel suitable for use in TCR cars and is now the series’s official fuel supplier.
The biofuel is formulated from non-fossil-based components and comprises 15% renewables. These include derivatives of bioethanol produced from cellulose and ligneous biomass, as well as fully renewable bio-synthetic elements. It is being adopted by the series in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of the championship without affecting on vehicle performance.
Alan Gow, the president of the FIA Touring Car Commission, noted, “The appointment of P1 Racing Fuels as the WTCR’s Official Fuel Supplier is an important first step toward the use of 100% sustainable fuel in the series as outlined in the roadmap we have defined for the introduction of biofuel in WTCR.
“P1 Racing Fuels has not only delivered this bespoke product, [but it has also] done so on budget as part of ongoing cost-reduction measures. By working with P1 Racing Fuels, the WTCR teams and customer racing departments can continue to count on a high performance on track, as well as the support of an experienced and trusted partner during an exciting new era for the series.”
P1 Racing Fuels says it is working towards producing a 100% fossil-free racing fuel but hopes the presently available biofuel will provide an interim cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution.