TotalEnergies is in full development of a 100% renewable fuel which will be used from 2022 at World Endurance and in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS). The announcement was made within the framework of the 89th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the main competition of the WEC that takes place this weekend.
“Competition is a key driver for innovation: the extreme limitations found in endurance racing, race length and high mileage, constantly drive the development of higher performance fuels, which, however, must also address today the new challenges posed by the energy and environmental transition ", they explained from TotalEnergies.
The 100% renewable fuel that TotalEnergies will offer will be will produce based on bioethanol from wine residue of the French agricultural industry and the ETBE (ethyl tert-butyl ether) produced at the refinery Feyzin of TotalEnergies near Lyon (France). This fuel should allow an immediate reduction of at least 65% of the CO2 emissions of racing cars.
Named Excellium Racing 100, this fuel opens a new chapter in the energy transition of endurance racing and motorsports for all players involved. It will have all the qualities required for a competition fuel and will meet the requirements of car manufacturers, as well as the latest criteria of the International Automobile Federation for sustainable fuels.
This development leverages the experience of TotalEnergies Additives and Fuels Solutions, the team in charge of Excellium Endurance, the fuel used this year for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2021 that already includes 10% advanced bioethanol.
"Our ambition is to be an important player in the energy transition and reach zero net carbon emissions by 2050 together with society ”, stated Patrick Pouyanné, President and CEO of TotalEnergies.
“Advanced biofuels have an undeniable role to play in helping the transport sector reduce its CO 2 emissions immediately. This 100% renewable fuel, which will be available in motorsport from 2022, is a perfect example. As we grow into a broad energy company, the race track is more than ever an open-air laboratory for TotalEnergies ”, added the executive.
“Endurance racing, by its nature, has always served as an excellent research and development platform and it is an important milestone that the FIA World Endurance Championship switches to 100% sustainable fuel. The main objective of the FIA is to implement sustainable energy sources in its portfolio of motorsport disciplines, thus paving the way in reducing CO2 emissions ”, Held Jean Todt, President of the FIA.