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VP Racing Fuels Making Fuel From Renewable Components




VP Racing Fuels, a company that makes fuels, lubricants, and additives, has announced that its “advanced bio-renewable components are available for adaptation with the company’s current race fuel portfolio.” It seems that the company has been and continues to develop fuels that use bio-renewable components.

Mark Walls, VP’s Director of Research and Development and Fuel Technology thinks that “onboard fuel” (i.e., not electricity) can play a part in greener power production.

“With enhanced concern over the global environment and an ever-increasing demand on the transportation of people and goods, government regulatory authorities continue to push for more stringent regulations on pollutants and CO2 emissions.  Auto manufacturers continue to pursue advanced powertrains, such as electric and hybrid-electric vehicles to address this problem, but we felt onboard fuel could play a part.

In other words, Walls believes that electric powertrains are not the only way to reduce pollution.  His company is developing fuels that reduce pollutants and CO2 emissions.

Biofuel and synthetic fuels for racing

With racing series making commitments to using fuel with renewal components, VP Fuel’s actions make sense.  MotoGP, Formula 1, and IMSA all have made commitments to using alternative fuels.

MotoGP is planning very stringent fuel requirements in both the short and near term.  Under their plan, MotoGP says that by 2024, its fuels must use 40 percent non-fossil fuel components.  And by 2027, they want to use only fully sustainable fuels.   The new requirements are not just for MotoGP but will extend to Moto2 and Moto3.  If you’d like to see MotoGP’s brief videos on renewable fuels you can find them on their website.

In addition, Dorna and the FIM are laying out requirements for sustainable fuels.  There are two objectives:

  1. The first objective states that the biofuels may not come from food crops, as with some ethanol products.  Instead, it must be made with the waste products of farming, forestry, or crops grown on land unsuitable for food production.
  2. The second objective is that the series will only use zero-carbon fuels.  These zero-carbon fuels must use production methods that don’t emit carbon into the atmosphere.

Going forward, you can expect that electrically powered vehicles will become much more common.  So for now, industry is working on ways to keep internal combustion engines operating well into the future.  If successful, we can be hopeful that these fuels make their way into the consumer market.


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