Many people of today still envision a golf cart-looking vehicle running on sunlight when they hear the term, “eco-friendliness.” The fact is, many manufacturers have created engines that are nearly comparable to gasoline-powered counterparts in almost every way. Although Formula One fanatics are not sure about the move to a quieter engine as championed by Max Mosley, then President of the IFA, there are many facets that need to be considered for a more sustainable future for racing of all kinds.
Without fuel, race cars will just rest on the track relying on pit crews to push them down the road. No one wants to see a race at three miles per hour. Alternatives need to be examined as it may get too expensive to continue these events. Since race cars don’t get the best gas mileage when compared to other vehicles on the road, the costs for fuel itself may eventually become too great.
The decibel levels during an average race are exceedingly high. It is this noise that helped Mosley decide to wear hearing aids. After time, the damage from loud sounds to the inner ear is irreversible. It’s unhealthy to subject someone to repeated damage of this nature especially over a long term.
Race cars of all kinds put a great deal of pollutants into the atmosphere. Not only is this bad for the environment in general, but spectators are essentially at ground zero to breath in all of those toxic chemicals. A more “green” alternative engine would reduce these emissions making spectating healthier overall.
Approximately 6,000 gallons of fuel are consumed during a weekend of racing. Within a few days, these autos go through more gasoline than the average individual over a span of nearly 10 years. A less powerful and more conservative engine requirement would reduce this waste putting more resources in the hands of society. For every gallon that is saved during a race, that is one more gallon that can be put into an emergency vehicle.
For a lot of fans, the sounds of a growling vehicle as it zips by fuels their own adrenalin. It’s not just the speed that attracts them to the track, but the traditional sound of what a combustion engine adds to the ambience. However, sports such as Formula One and NASCAR may need to be more aware of the energy crisis that is happening in today’s world. Without eco-friendly designs and modifications, your favorite drivers may be forced to go around a track on bicycles.