• Feb 18th 2011 at 9:15AM
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The roar of the engines, the screaming of tires, the lack of CO2 emissions... When it comes to Formula 1, two out of three ain't bad. Right? Not according to your average outspoken environmentalist.

The call for F1 to change its gas-guzzling, tire-burnings ways has been going on for years, but
complacency wasn't much of an issue until now, when, like all things, F1 must appeal to a broader audience by introducing new innovative ways and energy-conscious ideas to improve racing and the auto industry as a whole.

The revolution started back in 2006 when the head of F1's governing body, Max Mosely, proposed the sport to go green, and as you can tell, that didn't quite catch on with fans and driving teams alike. The argument from gearheads was that the cars themselves only account for a measly one percent of total emissions from the sport. The rest is from the manufacturing and transporting of equipment. Granted, the engines only manage a little over four mpg, but in the big scheme of things, it's a drop in the bucket when compared to 18-wheelers to 767s.

Regardless, the brains at F1 racing have an ace up their sleeves to appease the nay-sayers. 2011 marks the return of the Kinetic-Energy Recovery System or KERS for short, which recycles the energy generated by vehicle during braking. 2013 is the target year to mainstream KERS, which would reduce fuel consumption by up to 35%. The process may not be pretty, but focusing on sustainability may bring about new and exciting aspects to the top tier of motorsport, creating a healthy environment while adding to the revenue that allows our favorite teams to do what they do best.

[Source: Wired]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      How is reducing 1% of total emissions by 35% an "ace up the sleeve"?
        • 4 Years Ago
        35% of 1% is enough to make some people happy, especially those environmentalists... and in essence it's to silence the people who are contesting that F1 is just a pure waste of natural resources and that they don't care. well... F1 does care... about it's image... probably not the environment per-say.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you really want to cut-down on emissions, ditch the far-east races and bring the focus back to Europe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      F1 should always be at the forefront of not only tech, but of the automotive industry as a whole. The next major trend is in making electric/alternative engines, and that's what f1 should be looking at. It would make gearheads change their opinion on the possibility of new cars rather than the bland priuses and volts.

      Also, it could introduce new manufacturers. It would not solve pollution problems in the grand scheme of things, but it would get a new gen of fans and industry into the sport and create new things.
      • 4 Years Ago

      My point is that the environmentalists are pressuring people like Max Mosely into taking certain measures which are almost completely useless and miss the big picture altogether.

      Instead they improve on an unimportant aspect and then feel proud about it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who are these environmentalist's? Do they not see, that Fl has been
      changing? They've gone from V10's to V8 's. Then there was KERS, which is
      obviously making a come back. And then in 2013, engines are to become even
      smaller. FOUR CYLINDER engines then.
      Environmentalists are totally mental . Smoke pot and protest! With no idea
      what's going on. Just stay home!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Environmentalists, once again missing the point.

      Even in their own area.

      It's like somebody makes a train that spews coal out of the exhaust pipe and the green heads come along and force the maker to ensure the paint used on it is eco-friendly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I fail to see how your analogy makes any sense. Nobody's forcing them to do anything, first of all. The brains at Formula 1 are the ones taking this first, albeit tiny, step. And, they're not complaining about emissions and forcing them to change the paint on the cars... they're complaining about emissions and asking them to reduce emissions. No analogies necessary...
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