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Formula 1 The Most Sustainable Sport In The World

Wednesday, 04-Oct-2017 by Track Team Driver - TTD
Formula 1 The Most Sustainable Sport In The World  

Sustainability and Formula 1 Motorsport

may not seem like the most likely bedfellows. In fact, it may seem quite logical that this sport would contribute greatly to environmental problems, have a large carbon footprint, and be anything but the responsible driving force, literally, behind the greatest innovations in the automotive industry. Formula 1 Motorsport is a highly competitive, results driven, sport that relies on the best engineering in the world, and the most energy efficient vehicles on the planet.


Advancements in F1 change the world. Are you driving a hybrid? Every time you brake, the battery receives a small charge. F1 engineering has advanced the hybrid engine. You are reducing your footprint, thanks to Formula One Motorsport technology.


F1 Racing Cars Are Fuel-Efficient Hybrids


Originally fuel powered only, F1 cars now have hybrid electric and fuel powered engines. Not only does this mean that they use, and carry, less fuel, but they are engineered to recycle their own energy. A lot of heat is generated when F1 car brakes- this energy is redirected using TERS (Thermal Energy Recovery System).


The engines have changed from 2, 4 l V8 to 1, 6 l V6. F1 cars are engineered to be fuel and energy efficient. This technology is used to improve fuel and energy efficiency in regular cars. F1 cars use 35% less fuel to complete a Grand Prix than they previously did.


Aerodynamic Carbon Fiber Design


By 2020 smaller, lighter, cars will be on the market. F1 car bodies are designed to maximize energy efficiency at speed. Many modern vehicles are also made with carbon fiber bodies.  These are strong but light, allowing for greater fuel economy and a decreased carbon footprint.F1 technology is used in many fields, to increase efficiency.


In the UK pit-crew methodology has been used in hospitals, by doctors and staff, in treating emergencies. Non-slip shoe grip technology, heart monitoring equipment, data collection, and analysis, as well as advances in tires, are all a result of F1 engineering.


Formula E


Not as developed as F1, yet, electric motor racing is here. Hong Kong to London, the sport has many supporters, from Leonardo DiCaprio to GreenPeace. Formula E can be hosted by any city.


A quieter and green race, these vehicles are battery powered, and there is no noise pollution. No whining engine, or roars, as these cars fly around the track, but they are applauded for their design and will help advance electric technology in the automotive industry.


Energy Efficient Practices


F1 motor racing and testing is controlled. The hours spent testing vehicles is limited. McLaren has a very green factory. Tires are recycled and used as roofing materials, carbon emission is minimized, and the building is engineered to be energy efficient. The same advancements in producing the most efficient F1 vehicles are used to make the companies, similarly as energy efficient.


These principles guide development, are regulated, and allow for sustainable advances to be made by F1 leaders, both on the track, and off. F 1 Motorsport drives sustainable practices in the automotive industry.

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