IndyCar to introduce 100% renewable race fuel from 2023

Open-wheel motorsport series becomes first in US to be powered by fully renewable fuel.

IndyCar to introduce 100% renewable race fuel from 2023

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  • Series partner Shell to develop fuel
  • Fuel enables at least 60% reduction in emissions compared to fossil-based product

IndyCar has announced the introduction of a 100 per cent renewable race fuel from 2023 in collaboration with energy giant Shell.

The product for the American open-wheel series consists of a blend of second-generation ethanol derived from sugarcane waste and other biofuels to create a fuel that is comprised of feedstocks categorised as ‘renewable’ under regulatory frameworks.

It will make IndyCar the first US-based motorsport series to run with 100 per cent renewable race fuel, as well as enabling at least a 60 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil-based fuel.

The second-generation ethanol will be sourced from Raízen, a joint-venture between Shell and Cosan, a Brazilian conglomerate that produces bioethanol, sugar and energy.

The news follows the partnership extension between IndyCar and Shell last week, which will see the company serve as the series’ official fuel, motor oil and lubricant sponsor.

“This race fuel development for IndyCar is a great example of how fuels technology is pivotal in helping decarbonise the sport,” said Dr Selda Gunsel, president of Shell Global Solutions.

“Today’s development takes us one step closer to that goal.”

Mark Miles, president and chief executive of Penske Entertainment, added: “We are proud to become a leader in sustainability and decarbonisation as we work towards becoming the first US motorsport series to run on renewable fuel.

“With industry-leading organisations like Shell and Penske sharing the same ambition for a cleaner energy future, remarkable progress can be made.”

IndyCar had already unveiled various sustainability initiatives last month, including efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of this year’s Indianapolis 500.