The British Touring Car Championship will run a “more sustainable” fuel from the 2022 season onwards, utilising a fuel which contains 20 % renewable components.
The deal with Haltermann Carless, who have supplied the unbranded TOCA control fuel for the past 26 years, will run for a further five years starting next year.
A tender process had been opened for the supply of the fuel, with expressions of interest “invited and received”.
TOCA has opted to introduce a ‘more sustainable’ fuel than that currently available on petrol station forecourse in the UK (E10).
The fuel will be designated Hiperflo® R20 and contains 20 % renewable components, including 15 % second generation ethanol content and 5 % renewable hydrocarbons.
It is estimated by the manufacturer that it will provide for an 18 % reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with the current pump fuel.
All current BTCC engine builders have been provided with a small batch of the new fuel for trial and test purposes.
Next year the BTCC will move to a hybrid power system, also boosting the championship[‘s ‘sustainability’ credentials.
“As the premier motorsport series in the UK it is only right that the BTCC continues to navigate a more sustainable pathway,” said BTCC Chief Executive Alan Gow.
“We are pleased to be introducing a cleaner fuel from the 2022 season onwards. Congratulations to Haltermann Carless on its successful tender and we look forward to continuing our working relationship over the next five years.”
Mike Jardine, Haltermann Carless Racing Fuels Division, welcomed the announcement.
“We are delighted to have been chosen by the BTCC to supply our new renewable and sustainable control fuel to the championship for the next five seasons,” added Jardine.
“This is an exciting time for our company as we are working hard on the development and implementation of renewable and sustainable fuels in all areas of our business.
“Supplying our fuels to the pinnacle of British motorsport only adds to the credibility, pedigree and innovative nature of our products.”