Porsche and ExxonMobil put lower-carbon fuel to the test on the race track
ExxonMobil and Porsche have teamed up to test advanced biofuels and renewable, lower-carbon eFuels on the race track
The first iteration of Esso Renewable Racing Fuel is a blend of primarily advanced biofuels and is specially formulated by ExxonMobil’s in-house team of scientists and engineers. With analysis indicating the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a liquid fuel, it will be put to the test with Porsche’s high-performance motorsports engines during the 2021 and 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race series.
Porsche and ExxonMobil’s collaboration will also focus on eFuels – synthetic fuels made from hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide. As early as 2022, the companies plan to test the second iteration of Esso Renewable Racing Fuel, which will contain eFuel components.
eFuels could cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85 per cent, when blended to current market fuel standards for today’s passenger vehicles.
“The electrification of our vehicles is the highest priority for us,” says Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board, Research and Development of Porsche. “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 race track. This is a further step towards making eFuels an affordable and lower greenhouse gas emission substitute to conventional fuels.”
The eFuel will be sourced from a plant in Chile and the pilot phase will see around 130,000 litres of eFuels produced in 2022.
“Over the past quarter century, we have worked together with Porsche to develop high-performance products that support Porsche’s vehicle performance on the racetrack and on the road,” says Andy Madden, Vice President of Strategy and Planning for ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants. “Our continued collaboration on renewable and eFuels is a critical step in assessing the technical capability and commercial viability of fuels that can significantly reduce emissions.”