Motorsport UK and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Motorsport yesterday presented Our Eclectic Future at British Motorsport Day in the Palace of Westminster to showcase the vision of a world powered by a range of use-appropriate systems and fuels.
Fossil-fuels will continue to power existing vehicles around the world for quite some time, and therefore solutions are needed to shift to alternative net zero fuels, as well as new technologies that promise a cleaner and more sustainable future.
At the start of British Grand Prix week, Motorsport UK held a vehicle display in Speaker’s Court within the Palace of Westminster, and a reception in Speaker’s House with key motorsport officials and parliamentarians in conjunction with Mr Speaker, The Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP.
The vehicle display demonstrated the innovations of motorsport engineers who are pioneering new forms of propulsion to meet the challenges of climate change by creating an eclectic range of solutions. It forms part of Motorsport UK’s wider sustainability strategy which emphasises the need to utilise technology to accelerate the development and demonstration of low carbon solutions within the sport. Click here to view Motorsport UK’s Sustainability Strategy.
Hybrid technology and battery electric technology are already a presence on UK roads, while others such as sustainable fuels and hydrogen are yet to be made more widely viable for consumers.
However, all four technologies feature prominently in the world of motorsport and are being developed at pace. The continued innovation of these technologies can ultimately benefit the wider automotive sector, as motorsport technology transfers to road cars.
David Richards CBE, Motorsport UK Chair, said emphasised the power of motorsport to influence consumer purchasing and therefore the role that the sport has to play in encouraging consumers towards more sustainable technologies.
He noted that few industries contain so many highly-skilled engineers who are all motivated to continue innovating and pushing boundaries when it comes to creating sustainable solutions.