Motorsport worldwide is adopting more environmentally-friendly fuels and taking other steps to make the sport greener
New Zealand’s Toyota Racing Series cars already run on an ethanol/petrol blend, and Australian V8 Supercars will when their season starts in two weekends’ time.
But the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) says it’s going one better by demanding reduced CO2 emissions from cars in its series.
Current champion VX Racing is working with BTCC organisers on an emissions-testing programme to reduce CO2.
The BTCC has introduced new regulations aimed at establishing standards and will regularly test competing cars’ CO2 figures.
The aim is to get the race cars’ emissions lower than those of their road-going equivalents.
BTCC series director, Alan Gow, calls the move “a world first in motorsport.
“We could have gone down the easier path of simply mandating the use of bio-fuels or adopting a less technically-challenging panacea.
“(But) our sport is full of incredibly clever, very talented engineers and this initiative is a great demonstration of their ability to tackle such issues head-on.
“It’s a far more meaningful demonstration of our credentials to motor manufacturers, environmental groups, sponsors, the government, motorists and…fans than us taking less convincing or demanding steps.”