CHANGING CLIMATE FOR GREEN MOTORSPORT!

The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change recommends fast and strong action to stabilise greenhouse gases between 450 and 550 parts per million (ppm). There is a high price to delay, as weak action would put stabilisation even at the upper figure at risk. 450 ppm is already unlikely to be attained, not least because of past delays in taking strong action. This will mean that global emissions will have to reduce by at least 25% by 2050 and the UK, being one of the higher emitters will have to reduce its emissions by a higher proportion.

The Government also commissioned a Transport Study by Rod Eddington, which accepts that transport will have to respond to the challenge of climate change for both environmental and economic reasons. However, the Study does not point out that the economic benefits of existing transport are largely due to the availability of cheap oil and we should be doing more to support the innovative technologies which Green MotorSport is developing !

World action

The world’s scientists are continuing to press for more action to combat climate change. At a meeting at the Royal Society, the President, Lord Martin Rees, explained that although the world’s main scientific bodies are unanimous about the need for strong action, a few maverick views get exaggerated attention. He concluded his presentation with an imaginary view of an alien in distant space watching the Earth and seeing how within fifty years – little more than one hundredth of a millionth of the Earth’s age - the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere began to rise anomalously fast - what would these aliens witness in the next hundred years?

We appear to be going near the high end of the fossil fuel use projections made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) according to Dr Mike Raupach, Co-Chairman of the Global Carbon Project.

At a recent meeting at the aptly name Mount Grim meteorological station in Australia he said that recent efforts to reduce emissions have had little impact and the growth rate of carbon dioxide has accelerated from 1% per year in the 1990s to 2.5% per year.

Efficient transport

There is general agreement that energy efficiency should be the first step in the reduction of emissions of global warming gases. Some transport planners envisage that we will have small cars for local use with high speed lanes on motorways for public transport, which could convey at least ten times as many people in the same road space as individual cars. People could have a solar panel or a micro wind turbine on the roof of their garage topping up energy storage devices to power local journeys. Roads will be much more pleasant for cyclists and pedestrians when we have clean, quiet electric cars, using the efficient technologies pioneered by Green MotorSport and our technology partners.

Testing the newest power sources

Green MotorSport has two of the latest power sources to evaluate for use in our electric racing karts or racing cars. These will enable us to have sufficient driving range to compete with petrol vehicles. We are now preparing to evaluate these new technologies on a rolling road to ensure maximum performance at our planned racing events in 2007. The transport of the future will be more efficient and it will increasingly be powered by biofuels derived from waste and energy crops. Hydrogen from solar, wind and marine energy will also have a very important part to play in our future energies.

Biofuels at Formula Ford day at Silverstone

Jamun Racing were recently commissioned by Ford UK to run the team car on E85 bio-ethanol as an experiment to see the potential of alternative fuels. The car performed faultlessly. The team took part in the first ever UK Formula Ford ‘sampler day’ at Silverstone, which gave a chance for teams to meet the youngsters who are keen to join the Ford-backed championship in 2007, and for the drivers to try the different chassis available to them. The sampler day also provided an opportunity for Ford to demonstrate the effectiveness of Bio-Ethanol fuel as a development for the future. Jamun team member Jay Bridger expressed himself pleased with the performance of a 2006 Mygale which had undergone the light conversion necessary to enable it to use the fuel. Green MotorSport is keen to assist with any practical issues associated with the fuel and the engine changes.

"It was very impressive," said Jay, who is to return to UK Formula Ford in 2007. "The way the power was delivered was slightly different to regular petrol, but there was plenty of power there all right. It's an interesting idea."

Biofuels from waste and energy crops will make an important contribution to future transport, but it would be counter-productive to transport massive quantities of biofuels around the world. We should start with our own rubbish. A large percentage of the domestic waste stream is organic and therefore the contents of the black bag can be recycled into biofuels.

Dell Formula BMW World Final in Valencia

The patron of Green MotorSport’s electric racing series, Ross Curnow, took part in the BMW World Formula Championships at Valencia. Ross displayed the Green MotorSport logo on his car. MotorSport needs to keep abreast with new technology, to set the pace for the motor industry as a whole. Many individual drivers are keen to make changes, and would welcome moves in this direction by the racing organizers. Motor sport has always pushed forward the boundaries of component efficiency, but there has never been so much focus on pushing the boundaries of green technologies in motor sport.

Using computers, the pit crews monitor engine and driver profiles. This enhances efficiencies and enables them to get thousandths of seconds off lap times.

Dr Mario Theissen, BMW Motor Sport Director, presented the awards. He later met Gordon Foat of Green MotorSport and said ‘So you are Mr Hydrogen!’ Most of the major motor manufacturers believe that hydrogen powered vehicles will succeed petrol engine cars. BMW has chosen to use liquid hydrogen rather than the more usual compressed hydrogen.
Ross Curnow, the patron of Green MotorSport’s planned series of electric races took part in the event. Ideally Ross would like to stay in single seaters next season and is looking at F3 and Champ Car Atlantic among several options.
It was interesting to see the widespread use of renewable energy from solar panels. Spanish law now requires industry to use a proportion of renewable energy. These solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are close to the race course at Valencia.

The development of small scale renewable energy technologies has been held back by Government backing for the global energy industries, but if the users of fossil fuels begin to cover their full costs and regulatory obstacles are removed, this will encourage investment in alternative energy technologies, many of which can be transferred into our homes and our working environments. Green MotorSport and our technology partners are already developing efficient and clean power sources both for racing cars and the future world motor industry. Gordon Foat will be discussing this with representatives from the motor industry at the Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands Academy lunch. Green MotorSport is now finalizing arrangements with technical sponsors for the 2007 season.

To find out more about the project, download the information pack.

A full Sponsorship Technical Specification for 07 is now available here.
 
Videos

256k Broadband CNN video Monday, 21 March 2005,


See the Green MotorSport Electric kart featured on Fifth Gear on Five, with Vicki Butler-Henderson & Tim Lovejoy

New For 2007 Green Canary Day video clip, featuring the Green MotorSport Super Kart at Canary Wharf in London.

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