FOTA to adopt ‘greener’ methods to keep F1 infront

The Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) has announced a raft of regulation changes designed to make the sport more environmentally friendly.

FOTA’s announcement comes after it received findings from an environmental research analysis that it commissioned several months ago.

The associations research had been carried out by the world-respected environmental research analysis organisation, Trucost – which concluded that although the carbon emissions caused by the testing and racing of Formula One cars is a small proportion of the total carbon emissions generated by the sport, more must be done.

As a result, FOTA has now announced attempt to cut emissions by 12 per cent over the next three years and introduce changes to the engine and gearbox regulations to promote new fuel-efficient technologies.

“It has already been possible to reduce Formula 1’s total carbon emissions.” FOTA President Martin Whitmarsh said in a report on the organisations website. “Building on what we have already achieved, we anticipate that by 2012 F1 will have reduced its total carbon emissions by 12.4 per cent compared with 2009.”

“In addition, the FIA and FOTA are already working together to tailor the 2013 technical regulations to ensuring that all engines and powertrains used in F1 by that date will showcase, and provide a platform for the ongoing development of, technologies designed to enhance fuel efficiency.”

“This is a very exciting time for Formula 1 and I am delighted that our sport has been able to take a global environmental lead in this way.”

It is hoped that the introduction of such changes will allow Formula One to remain at the forefront on development in the automobile world.