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

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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.”

Michael Steiner

Michael Steiner

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.”

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Comments (15)

  • Good job Porsche 👍

      13 days ago
  • Give these people an award

      13 days ago
  • Normally Exxon is the villain, and would be leery if I were such a pristine brand like Porsche getting in bed with the devil. Then I remembered Porsche is owned by the Volkswagen Group, responsible for Dieselgate. Perfect pairing! lol

    What I'm saying, is I think this is fantastic news! I just want to look into whether or not this was verified by trustworthy third parties. Hey, it's not my fault those two have the reputations they have.

    I believe Volkswagen has repented for their past actions with their commitment to produce carbon neutral vehicles. Kudos to them for that. If this pairing produces results for a zero emission fuel to save the internal combustion engine, we all win.

      13 days ago
  • 'Lower Carbon Fuel'... for what essentially a purified hydrocarbon? All that means is less energy in the stuff. Because, physics, chemistry. We really are fed a diet of technobollox by the piston engine oil burning brigade!

      13 days ago
  • Why doesn’t ethanol qualify as an eFuel? It’s made from corn and is 100% petroleum free. Also, can eFuel be handled in the same way, ie, used in existing storage tanks and gas pumps?

    This sounds like an interesting development, but unless I’m missing something here, eFuel would be competing with ethanol and other blended fuels. To date, these blended fuels have not excited the general public.

      13 days ago
    • Ethanol is great but you do need to have a lot of land given over to grow crops to produce it, plus ethanol isn't great if you have a vehicle running cars with carburettors or fuel systems not suitable for ethanol. Even E10 with 10% ethanol...

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