The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) wants to cut cut its total carbon emissions by 15 percent within three years and double the efficiency of its race engines within five years. FOTA commissioned an analysis by Trucost to determine its total life-cycle emissions from all operations. As it turns out, the race cars actually only account for about one percent of F1 carbon emissions, with half coming from materials the teams purchase. Other significant sources of energy consumption include transporting cars and equipment to races and operating the wind tunnels used to design the cars.
The teams are already working with the International Automobile Federation (
) on the new technical regulations for 2013 that will bring downsized engines. Current F1 engines are 2.4-liter normally aspirated V8s, but those are expected to be replaced by turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder or V6 powerplants. The new rules will also like impose fuel limits to cut the consumption from the current 160 kilograms per race to 80 kg within five years. The overall goal is to both cut costs and make the sport more relevant to manufacturers and sponsors.