BMW Motorrad Motorsport starts using ‘sustainable’ fuel

BMW Motorrad will use a more sustainable fuel from German expert Nordoel in the World Superbike championship. With a claimed 40% reduction of CO2 emissions during the production phase, the methanol-based fuel aims to reduce the carbon impact without compromising performance.

BMW is not voluntarily starting to use a more sustainable type of fuel: the WorldSBK championship mandates the use of fuels with a non-fossil content of at least 40 percent from this season, which starts in Australia on February 23-25 this year.

40 percent now, 99 percent in the future

The German manufacturer, which fields the ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, Bonovo action BMW Racing Team, and the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Test Team, has partnered up with German fuel company Nordoel (part of the Lother Gruppe) to develop this fuel.

Nordoel has already developed CO2-neutral fuels based on hydrogen and captured CO2, with the necessary power for electrolysis coming from hydro and wind facilities. For the Superbikes, however, only a 40 percent share was needed, thus creating the RacE-Fuel WSBK R40-A compound.

“Our collaboration aims to develop a 102 octane fuel with 99% CO2 savings, similar to eFuel 95 Octane (99% renewable)”, according to Dirk Wullenweber, Director of Commercial Fuel & Marketing of Nordoel.

Other teams have their own fuel partners for this new sustainability mandate. Ducati, for instance, has partnered up with Shell for this new era.

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