• Apr 4th 2010 at 3:33PM
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Aside from the thrill of the race, motorsports are useful because the race cars they showcase often pass their genes down to the everyday vehicles that we drive. In an effort to perhaps hold its position as a trendsetter, or just to be more green, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) held a meeting to discuss alternative energies that can be utilized in all major categories of racing. The meeting, held at the Automobile Club de Monaco, brought together the heads of four international of motorsport federations, including motorcycles, powerboats, automobiles and aeronautics. FIM chairman Robert Rasor commented on the gathering by stating,
This was an interesting meeting and we expect to work together with the other motorsport federations and join forces to develop a common strategy towards the environment and its protection and promote the use of alternative energies.
Understanding that even motorsports can have an impact on the environment, either directly or indirectly, is a step in the right direction. Working together, the groups will draw from learned expertise and move towards a greener racing environment quickly. Here's hoping their efforts do more than slowly trickle down into vehicles that we drive day in and day out.

[Source: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, I agree that our environment will suffer if we continue to use harmful autos. I want the Jaguar MK2 which I have seen in http://www.jaguar-mk2.com. We need to control the pollution by using environmental cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Put a high flow cat on everything.... there goes ~80% of your emissions.

      Lose a shred of your peak horsepower.. gain some mid/low range. I think it's doable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've been involved/worked in resource-environmental fields for years and I love most forms of racing and it always amazes me when this topic comes up.

      I mean, if people are serious about this, great. But what about industries that are huge and inefficient that get away with bypassing reg's because of payoffs and corruption. Or any additional myriad f examples that are out there today?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Enviro regulations for race cars, reminds me of enviro nuts that get angry over super car emissions.
      A. how many of these cars are out there.
      B. how often/how far are they driven.
      C. how much do they consume/pollute.

      I suspect the pollution from these cars is the equivalent of a (fraction of a) needle in a haystack.

      It would be fun to calculate the total pollution for a race,
      then figure out how many spectators got to enjoy the race (live/filmed),
      then find the emmissions/consumptions per spectator.

      I bet each spectator would be accountable for a ridiculously small amount of "damage"

      In other words, I wouldn't change anything solely for "environmental responsibility".
      Only change something that would improve the sport (with a secondary emphasis on "green tech").

        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm pretty green and I agree. I'm much more concerned about the carbon emissions of the tens of thousands of cars bringing the spectators to and from the event than the 100 or so cars actually racing.

        • 5 Years Ago
        It's a good thing to make motorsport appear more environmentally conscious, as it will get the viewers and fans thinking about the environment. Millions of motorsport fans will have a much bigger affect than the small amount of cars racing.
        • 5 Years Ago

        I love how you insinuate that the environment = spectators.

        First off you need to understand something the environment is more than people and the the air they breath. The environment is the ecosystems without massive human intervention, including all vegetation, animals, microorganisms, soil, rocks, atmosphere and natural phenomena that occur within their boundaries. As well as natural resources such as air, water, and climate, as well as energy, radiation, electric charge, and magnetism, not originating from human activity.

        • 5 Years Ago
        It's really just a symbolic gesture. I think the people involved know it's of little impact overall, but they recognize the value in this. Basically, lessons learned from politicians.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Catalysts should be mandatory in all racing. A shift towards diesel would also be in place.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Unbelievable. It's hard to believe people still buy into this nonsense at this point. Actually, they don't, but it's taken on a political momentum of its own.

      The only "environment" race cars need to be concerned with, is the stands. They have to make sure they don't fly off into the stands and kill people. That is protecting the "environment".
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