A change from diesel to biofuel considerably decreased the Mercedes-AMG System 1 group’s freight carbon emissions in a brand new check. The group made the change for the ultimate three European races of this season, utilizing regionally sourced hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO)—made out of meals waste like fryer oil—to run 16 heavy vans as they hauled the group between grand prix in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Italy.
Over a distance of 870 miles (1,400 km), it says using HVO resulted in much less carbon emissions—44,091 kg much less to be particular, which is a lower of 89 p.c in comparison with regular fossil gasoline diesel.
The race automobiles are a rounding error
A push for larger gasoline effectivity in System 1 has resulted in some pretty outstanding engineering. A present F1 powertrain is as complicated as the game has ever seen, combining comparatively tiny however terribly environment friendly V6 gasoline engines with hybrid techniques that get well vitality below braking and from the turbocharger spinning.
That is one thing that everybody concerned is rightly pleased with, however by way of decreasing the game’s carbon emissions, the gasoline burned by the race automobiles is frankly irrelevant. F1 measures gasoline by weight, and every automotive is allowed 220.5 lbs (100 kg) for the race. Being extraordinarily beneficiant, we will triple that to account for 3 hours of follow periods plus qualifying, however that is nonetheless solely 661 lbs (300 kg) per automotive, of which there are 20, and this yr they’re going to race 23 occasions in complete.
However every group flies about 80 individuals to every race. And so they want a complete lot of kit; clearly the race automobiles and all of the instruments to run them, but in addition huge cell places of work and hospitality suites for the European occasions, when the whole lot travels by highway freight. (For the remainder of the calendar, all of the groups’ automobiles and gear journey collectively, and the gin palaces keep behind.) As transport and freight subsequently accounts for far more of the carbon emitted by the game, it is clearly a good suggestion to attempt to cut back that.
Mercedes first tried HVO in considered one of its vans because it drove again from the Hungarian Grand Prix to the group’s base in Brackley, UK. The actual check started following this yr’s Belgian Grand Prix, when 16 vans used the gasoline to drive 186 miles (300 km) to the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort, the Netherlands, then one other 684 miles (1,100 km) to the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Italy. The complete journey was fueled by regionally sourced HVO, aside from the final 12 miles (20 km) “as a consequence of provide challenges,” the group says.
Analyzing the information, it says that HVO saved 97,204 lbs (44,091 kg) of carbon dioxide emissions in comparison with diesel, an 89 p.c discount.
“Sustainability is on the coronary heart of our operations. Trialling using biofuels for our land freight is one other instance of our dedication to embed sustainability in each choice we make and motion we take. We purpose to be on the slicing fringe of change and hope we will make the adoption of sustainable know-how attainable as we’re all within the race in the direction of a sustainable tomorrow,” mentioned group principal and CEO Toto Wolff.