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Porsche begins synthetic fuel testing in 911 Supercup race cars

Methanol produced in Chile goes onto the track in Netherlands

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ExxonMobil and Porsche have begun testing synthetic fuel at the Zandvoort circuit in Netherlands and plan to continue use of the renewable racing fuel throughout the 2021 and 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup racing series.

The lower-carbon fuel is being produced in the Haru Oni pilot-project plant in Chili that uses wind power to generate hydrogen that is combined with captured carbon dioxide to produce methanol. If the fuel proves successful, it could be used to keep traditional liquid-powered vehicles on the roads of the future, Porsche researchers believe.

“Analysis indicates the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a liquid fuel,” ExxonMobil and Porsche said in a joint news release. “The fuel will be tested in race conditions with Porsche’s high-performance motorsports engines during the 2021 and 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race series. 

Esso is the brand on the synthetic fuel under development

“The eFuel is anticipated to achieve a greenhouse gas emissions reduction of up to 85 percent, when blended to current market fuel standards for today’s passenger vehicles.” 

“The electrification of our vehicles is of highest priority to us,” Porsche board member Michael Steiner is quoted in the news release. 

But, he added, “eFuels are a good complement to our powertrain strategy. They allow our customers to drive cars with conventional combustion engines as well as plug-in hybrids with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions. The collaboration with ExxonMobil enables us to test the eFuels under demanding conditions on the racing track.

“This is a further step towards making eFuels an affordable and lower greenhouse gas emission substitute to conventional fuels.”

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

1 COMMENT

  1. If it’s methanol, it’s methanol. No need to test under demanding conditions. Now if it’s not methanol, that’s a different story.

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