First Biofuel Car Wins Major Motor Sport Event – Or How I learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Biofuel
Powered by ethanol the Aston Martin DBRS9 driven by Lord Drayson and Jonny Cocker won a round of the British GT championship at Snetterton on June 3, 2007.
“This is not a one-off,” Drayson said. “The car has been competitive all season with two pole starts and is leading the championship. It goes to prove that running a car on bio-fuel doesn’t mean any compromise in performance. “I hope we can get this message across to drivers everywhere.”
As the publics taste shifts to the green side, carbon intensive sports like auto racing would do well to pay attention. NASCAR could see its rapid growth cut short by a public that simply can not abide by the massive expenditure of global warming causing co2 just to see some cars run around in a circle.
Biofuel to the rescue! With the proper sourcing (not from rain forest palm oil, or any plant that takes food out of the mouths of hungry people) these cars can run round and round in carbon neutral bliss. Plus think of the extra sponsorship opportunities. “Proudly powered by the fine ethanol made by the good folks of Iowa” or some such pitch.
I hope to see more responsible fuel sourcing from motor racing companies, who knows, maybe the next big thing will be electric racing. You could go to a racing event without getting a headache and going slightly deaf from the roaring of the engines. We can hope.