NASCAR recently announced that its official fuel for the 2011 season would be Sunoco Green E15, an ethanol-gas blend that's sure to make the farm boys happy. Now, the Formula One team of Scuderia Ferrari will turn to biogasoline, a renewable hydrocarbon fuel produced directly from plant sugars, to propel its tremendously fast four-wheeled racer through the chicanes and down the straights during the last three events of the 2010 Formula One season.
The Scuderia team will pump its Ferrari full of fuel that contains both Virent's biogasoline and a biofuel component made from cellulosic ethanol. Virent's BioForming process catalytically converts plant sugars directly into gasoline and gasoline blend components. The biogasoline, developed in conjunction with Shell, offers energy content that matches or exceeds that of premium gas and can be seamlessly blended to make conventional transportation fuels or, as in this case, a potent racing blend.