A Swedish rally restricted to cars that run on ethanol has been announced.
The event will take place near Karlstad, the home of the nation’s World Rally Championship round in February on October 28.
Competition cars running ethanol is nothing new in Sweden, where there is already a championship for Fords using the fuel. And it’s only a few weeks since the FIA requested the WRC consider the use of biofuels.
It is hoped the Green Swedish Rally will be the first to use the superspecial test at Karlstad’s trotting track, which is being built to form an annual feature of the February event.
Rally Deutschland is another event which has improved its environmental image. The trier-based WRC round won an award from the governing body of German motorsport. An agronomist and geologist will join the Rally Deutschland organisers this season as part of the event’s further commitment to green issues.
A statement from the organisers said: “These experts will keep an eye on such things matters as waste disposal and crowd management, for example, the building of public bridges, so the fields and grass is not trampled.”
There are also four diesel cars in the event: two BMW’s, an Opel Astra and a Skoda Fabia.