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Prodrive has revealed it has been working on a sustainable fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 80% compared to petrol.
The fuel, known as Prodrive ECOpower, has been developed over the past eight months in conjunction with UK-based, Coryton Advanced Fuels.
The fuel has been developed to demonstrate the environmental benefits of the latest sustainable fuel technology and consists of a biofuel manufactured from agricultural waste, and efuels created by capturing carbon from the atmosphere.
Prodrive is also planning to use the fuel when it competes in the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies later this year and at the Dakar rally in January. The Prodrive Hunter T1+ off-road racer which will use the fuel won’t need any engine modifications from the usual petrol version, either.
“I am a great advocate of motorsport taking the lead in developing, proving and promoting new technologies that can help address climate change,” says Prodrive chairman David Richards.
“Covering thousands of miles across the toughest terrains, the Dakar and the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies are the perfect environments to showcase the benefits of the next generation of sustainable fuels and demonstrate that they can be used in road vehicles to reduce the use of fossil fuels, while still offering the same performance and range.”
While the Prodrive ECOpower fuel has been developed for motorsports use, the company claims that it can also be a direct replacement for unleaded petrol in “almost any vehicle.” It is also set to use a “near-identical” fuel in a number of its road vehicles.
“Coryton has a long history in blending bespoke fuels for the motorsport industry, and to further support our customers evolving needs, we’ve recently launched Sustain, our new sustainable fuels offering,” says Andrew Willson, Coryton CEO.
“We knew that partnering with Prodrive would be an ideal way to test our capability in some of the world’s most challenging racing environments, alongside some of the finest engineering expertise in the industry.”