In March 2022, the FIA World Motor Sport Council approved the use of biofuel in FIA Karting competitions from 2023.
The selected fuel is a 100% renewable product made from second generation bio-based components and synthetic fuel produced by German manufacturer P1 Racing Fuels which has been selected as the official fuel supplier for the FIA Karting Championships, Cups, and Trophies from 2023 to 2025 (with the exception of Superkart). This decision is set to become reality at the first round of the FIA Karting European OK & Junior Championships in Valencia from March 23-26.
The move to sustainable fuels for karting is in line with the FIAs’ commitment is leading motorsport into a low carbon future to reduce its environmental impact and contribute to a greener planet. The FIA is targeting net zero carbon by 2030.
By 2026, all FIA championships will be required to be powered by 100% sustainable energies – from advanced, sustainable drop-in fuels to battery and hydrogen technologies.
With the adoption of the 2020-2030 Environmental Strategy, the FIA has set bold ambitions to align itself with climate science and its vision to promote safe, sustainable, and accessible motor sport and mobility for all. Its ambition is to strengthen its position in sustainable innovation and to have a positive impact on the sustainability agenda in motor sport and mobility.
"The move to 100% carbon neutral fuel is a very important step in the evolution of all FIA Karting championships. It ensures alignment with the FIA's overall environmental strategy and allows us to continue racing in a sustainable manner," said CIK-FIA President Akbar Ebrahim. "The introduction of P1 Racing Fuels in 2023 allows us to make concrete progress in this direction, alongside other motorsport disciplines, while retaining the usual running of our competitions and their appeal. ”
P1 Fuels' new approach to producing carbon neutral fuels combines several innovative production processes that rely exclusively on non-fossil sources. These non-fossil fuels are derived from the conversion of alcohol into synthetic hydrocarbons.
Martin Poplika, Managing Director of P1 Racing Fuels, said: "As a pioneer in its field, P1 Racing Fuels has always strived to bring cutting-edge innovation to its products, using new processes, components, and technical know-how to formulate sustainable, high-performance biofuels that are produced and delivered in a cost-effective manner. We believe that the future of racing is free from fossil fuels, and we are very pleased to support FIA Karting in this important step towards a more sustainable future for the sport."