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After the demise of the Citigoᵉ iV earlier this year, Skoda now appears to be interested in launching a new zero-emission city car.

The tiny electric hatchback should follow in the footsteps of the upcoming Volkswagen ID.1, with which it would share its platform.

“We would definitely try to follow suit on that”, said Skoda chairman Thomas Schafer, as cited by AutoExpress. “If the platform is there, we could do something clever on top of it – it would definitely look completely different. It’s a good side of the family, so you don’t have to do everything yourself.”

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Both the VW ID.1 and the new Skoda electric city car are expected to be based on a smaller version of the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform. The Czech model will reportedly have a targeted price below that of the ID.1, which will start under £20,000 (equal to $26,450). That should make it the Group’s most affordable electric vehicle, although it is unlikely to launch before the middle of the decade.

Until then, Skoda will focus on the launch of the Enyaq crossover, whose deliveries will kick off next year, and a smaller electric hatchback.

“One of our biggest focuses at the moment is to go below the Enyaq, that will be our first priority, then together with the Group, we could do something that is a city vehicle”, Skoda’s boss added.

Schafer hinted that after 2025, they might also launch an electric sedan that would have a similar footprint to the Octavia, yet the nameplate will survive the electrification of the range because, as Skoda’s head honcho stated, “the Octavia is our key, key model”.

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Grand Prix racing has reached a watershed moment as the first barrels of so-called 100% sustainable fuel have been made and sent to F1’s engine teams.

The biofuel is produced using bio-waste, which is not intended for human or animal consumption. That, the FIA argues, makes it 100% sustainable and is part of a plan to help get motorsport carbon neutral.

The FIA won’t be making all of the biofuel forever, though. The barrels being sent out to engine manufacturers like Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault for testing and validation. The longer-term plan is for F1 suppliers to make their own fuel in the future.

Appreciating @F1 drivers strong commitment to #Environment. Many thanks to all of them. Today, @FIA and the entire motor sport and mobility family take a new step forward with an ambitious strategy: carbon neutrality from 2021 and net zero status by 2030. Watch the video: pic.twitter.com/ck8O6IZ6Cm

— Jean Todt (@JeanTodt) December 17, 2020

“Formula 1 has long served as a platform for introducing next-generation advancements in the automotive world,” said Ross Brawn, F1’s managing director of motorsports.

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“Our top sustainability priority now is building a roadmap for the hybrid engine that reduces emissions and has a real world benefit for road cars. We believe we have the opportunity to do that with a next-generation engine that combines hybrid technology with sustainable fuels.”

The fuel is part of a plan to make the sport carbon neutral by 2021 and net-zero carbon-wise in 2030. That plan was approved at the FIA’s Annual General Assembly this week.

Beyond the existential threat of climate change, finding a way to at least appear green will be crucial for Formula 1 from a business perspective. The sport will lose another engine supplier this year, as Honda will be leaving at the end of the season, and teams have increasingly been investing in Formula E, although BMW and Audi will be leaving the series after next year.

That sport has the twin benefits of being cheaper than F1 and of advertising automakers’ rapidly growing EV fleets. Formula 1 has already gained public support from Volkswagen’s CEO and Porsche has been talking about biofuels as a way of preserving classics into the future.

The trouble with biofuels, though, is that its applications in the real world are fairly niche and it remains expensive–both monetarily and environmentally–to produce.

Either way, Formula 1 hopes to have its biofuel racing by the time its new powertrains are introduced – a move that has been delayed by COVID-19, but which lately has been tipped for 2023.

The remarkable Volvo P1800 Cyan is a car like no other and AutoTopNL recently had the opportunity to test it out.

Cyan Racing is the official racing arm of the Geely Group and has used the original Volvo P1800 as the base for this restomod. The car is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 413 hp and 355 lb-ft (455 Nm) of torque that’s paired to a dog-leg five-speed manual transmission. This engine is based on the one used in the Volvo S60 TC1 race car and has actually been tested to 528 hp.

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Those are some pretty remarkable figures for a four-cylinder and making the P1800 all the more impressive is the fact that it weighs just 990 kg (2,182 lbs). Consequently, it is pretty quick and during this review, sprinted from 100 km/h (62 mph) to 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 8.32 seconds.

Elsewhere, this modern-day P1800 has new bodywork, wider tracks and large wheels. Many of the parts are made from carbon fiber, including parts of the chassis that are also reinforced with high-strength steel.

Driving the car seems to be an absolute joy. While Cyan Racing could have done what some other companies are doing with classics and converted it to an all-electric powertrain, it stuck to its motorsport roots and has created something that really gets petrolheads blood pumping.