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Formula One embarks on carbon-cutting drive

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London, June 30(ANI): The Formula One racing teams are on track for a comprehensive and externally audited carbon reduction programme.

The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) is unveiling an analysis that projects emissions cut of 15 percent in three years.

FOTA also said that its ambitions include a doubling of energy efficiency in engines.

"With the support of all its member teams, FOTA has... undertaken to maintain continuous and independent analysis and assessment in order to ensure that these carbon emissions reduction targets are met or bettered, and to investigate where further carbon emissions reduction opportunities may exist," BBC quoted Martin Whitmarsh, FOTA Chairman and team principal of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, as saying.

"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 Formula One by that date will showcase, and provide a platform for the ongoing development of, technologies designed to enhance fuel efficiency," he added.

Currently, each car burns about 160kg of petrol in an average race in its 2.4 litre normally-aspirated V8 engine.

Under the new scenario, engines would be made much smaller - about 1.5 litres, in either a straight 4-cylinder or V6 configuration - and turbocharged. (ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 18:31 [IST]
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