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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.

Also Read: 2021 Formula 1 Driver Lineup: Everything You Need To Know

“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.

Read More: New Volvo P1800 Cyan Is A Singer-Style Restomod That Starts From $500,000

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.

 

The facelifted 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe has been launched in Australia where it will be sold in four trim levels.

The entry-level Santa Fe is priced from AU$44,700 (US$33,630) and offered with Hyundai’s 3.6-liter petrol V6 that produces 268 hp and 244 lb-ft (332 Nm) of torque, as well as the firm’s 2.2-liter CRDi diesel with 198 hp and 324 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque. The petrol engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic while the diesel with an eight-speed dual-clutch ‘box. Pricing for the diesel starts at AU$48,200 (US$36,264)

Read Also: Hyundai Drops Pricing On Facelifted 2021 Santa Fe, Starts From $28,025

One step up in the range takes customers to the Santa Fe Active, also available in petrol and diesel forms with prices starting at AU$48,300 (US$36,339) for the former and AU$51,800 (US$38,972) for the latter. Further up is the Elite, which starts at AU$54,300 (US$40,853) and AU$57,800 (US$43,486) for the petrol and diesel models respectively, while the range-topping Highlander is available from AU$61,700 (petrol) and AU$65,200 (diesel).

Key features of the entry-level model include an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a rear view camera, rear parking distance warning system, tire pressure monitoring system, and a suite of SmartSense technologies including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Junction Turning, Driver Attention Warning and Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist. By comparison, the flagship Highlander is equipped with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.25-inch infotainment system, a Harmon Kardon audio system, Nappa leather, heated and ventilated seats, and other upgrades.

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