Racing cars powered by wine?

TotalEnergies will introduce 100% renewable fuel to the FIA WEC – set to cut the cars’ emissions by up to 65%

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TotalEnergies is set to introduce 100% renewable fuel for the motor racing competition – the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), which will reduce the racing cars’ carbon emissions by 65%.

TotalEnergies has stated the fuel will be produced on a bioethanol basis; made from wine residue from the French agricultural industry and ETBE.

It has named the fuel ‘Excellium Racing 100’ and claims it meets the requirements of racers, as well as the FIA’s criteria for sustainability.

The fuel is set to be introduced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2022 and the European Le Mans Series.

Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies: “Our ambition is to be a major player in the energy transition and to get to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, together with society.

“Advanced biofuels have an undeniable part to play in helping the transport sector to reduce its carbon emissions immediately. This 100% renewable fuel, that will be made available in motor racing as soon as 2022, is a perfect illustration.”

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