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The Motor Racing Championships That Switched To Biofuel

With several technological developments in alternative fuel, one of the most important in the short and intermediate-term is the development of high-quality, effective biofuels.

These fuels, both in production and in storage, require effective, secure storage tanks fitted with vacuum relief valves to avoid excess volatile pressure.

Because of their importance in the transition away from fossil fuels, biofuels have started to be seen not only in various forms of transportation but also in the field of motorsport.

Whilst largely a form of entertainment, motorsport is often a stress test for determining the viability of different forms of technical advancement, such as the use of turbochargers to make engines more efficient, four-wheel steering, launch control, active suspension and constant variable transmission.

Naturally, some motorsport championships have made public their intentions to switch to biofuel, and here are some of the most notable examples.

Formula One

As reported by Race Fans, Formula One is set to be powered by a fuel that is 100 per cent sustainably sourced, with “feeder” series Formula 2 and Formula 3 both already using a 55 per cent sustainable fuel.

They are technically electrofuels, which are synthetic hydrocarbon fuels that use hydrogen provided through electrolysis and carbon from carbon capture sources to create carbon-neutral, sustainable fuels.


The first American racing series to run on 100 per cent renewable fuel, IndyCar has already had a full season on the new fuel mix which puts them remarkably ahead of the curve in the sustainability race.

One reason for this is that IndyCar has rather unusually always used racing fuels with more ethanol anyway, which could more easily be replaced with biofuel alternatives.

World Rally Championship

The WRC has less of a focus on straight-line speed, and because of this, the FIA used the championship as a test bed for their sustainable fuel efforts starting in 2022.

With a blend of biofuel and synthetic fuel, the aim was to showcase that a high-performance fuel could be sustainable without being prohibitively expensive.