bp to develop FIA-specified Advanced Sustainable fuel for Audi’s entry into Formula 1 in 2026

Audi and bp are joining forces in an extensive new strategic partnership in Formula 1. Under the new partnership, bp and its specialist lubricants business Castrol will help deliver Audi’s ambition to combine technology and innovation to achieve success in Formula 1. (Earlier post.) The parties have been working closely... Read more →

NASCAR and ABB announced the ABB NASCAR Electrification Innovation Partnership and revealed a new EV prototype at the Chicago Street Race over the weekend. ABB becomes the first Official Partner of NASCAR Impact, the sanctioning body’s platform driving NASCAR’s mission to strengthen its communities and contribute to a healthier planet,... Read more →

Honda, INDYCAR collaborate on new hybrid energy recovery system debuting at Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

INDYCAR is following on the heels of the Honda Civic, Accord and CR-V, and going hybrid. The introduction of the new Energy Recovery System, or ERS—a collaborative effort between Honda Racing Corporation USA and other suppliers—at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid ushers in... Read more →

Extreme H, the new hydrogen racing series, unveiled its hydrogen-powered racing car, the Pioneer 25. The Pioneer 25 racing car is designed to demonstrate the viability and performance capabilities of hydrogen fuel cells, setting a new standard for eco-friendly motorsport. The Pioneer 25 has been in development since the announcement... Read more →

Presented in sketch form last October in Boulogne Billancourt, the H24EVO is on display in the Hydrogen Village at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Pierre Fillon and Jean-Michel Bouresche, co-presidents of MissionH24 and partners in the program, revealed the model of the brand-new electric hydrogen prototype. Credit : Alexis... Read more →

Toyota Motor will enterthe ENEOS Super Taikyu Series 2024 Empowered by BRIDGESTONE Round 2 NAPAC Fuji SUPER TEC 24 Hours Race, to be held from May 24 to 26, with the #32 ORC ROOKIE GR Corolla H2 Concept, a hydrogen-powered GR Corolla running on liquid hydrogen. (Earlier post.) The durability... Read more →

Bosch Engineering and Ligier Automotive have taken their Ligier JS2 RH2 hydrogen-powered demonstrator vehicle (earlier post) to the next level. In recent months, tests have been carried out to test the engine and the entire vehicle for robustness and endurance performance and to optimize the drive concept further. By systematic... Read more →

At the 2022 Paris Motor Show, Alpine presented its Alpenglow concept, embodying the brand’s ongoing research into hydrogen-powered combustion engines for sports cars, with the potential for high performance both on the road and in competition, in line with the brand’s decarbonization targets. Alpine has now presented the Alpine Alpenglow... Read more →

AVL and Red Bull Advanced Technologies partner to develop high-power-density fuel cell technology

Mobility technology company AVL is partnering with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, the high-performance arm of Red Bull Racing Group, to develop the next generation of ultra-high-power density fuel cell technology. The lightweight solutions are expected to be two-thirds lighter than conventional fuel cell systems, thereby paving the way for net-zero... Read more →

Yamaha Motor signs technical partnership with Lola Cars for development and supply of powertrains for Formula E

Yamaha Motor and Lola Cars have signed a technical partnership agreement for the development and supply of high-performance electric powertrains to be part of an official manufacturer in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Through this connection with Formula E, Yamaha Motor will work on developing leading electric technologies... Read more →

Nissan announced its commitment to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship until at least 2030, reinforcing its Ambition 2030 electrification plans. Running from Season 13 (2026/27) to Season 16 (2029/30), Formula E’s GEN4 technology will be the most advanced yet. This decision will see Nissan’s involvement in Formula E... Read more →

The Ford Performance Cobra Jet EV demonstrator broke the world record for the fastest quarter-mile pass with a full bodied-drag car with a blistering time of 7.759 seconds at 180.14 miles per hour at the National Hot Rod Association Winter Nationals. It’s the second time the Cobra Jet EV Demonstrator... Read more →

Nissan Formula E Team will work with biotech company VAXA Technologies to offset carbon emissions generated during Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Coral, which specializes in reliably offsetting carbon emissions, has now released its report on the team's total carbon dioxide emissions (CO2e) during the... Read more →

Toyota Motor participated in the IDEMITSU SUPER ENDURANCE SOUTHEAST ASIA TROPHY 2023 (Thailand 10-hour Endurance Race) held on December 22 and 23 at Thailand's Chang International Circuit. Toyota competed with a three-vehicle setup for ROOKIE Racing featuring the ORC ROOKIE GR86 CNF concept, a GR86 running on carbon-neutral fuel; the... Read more →

Toyota to compete in the Thailand 10-hour Endurance Race with Prius running on carbon-neutral fuel

Toyota Motor Corporation will participate in the IDEMITSU SUPER ENDURANCE SOURTHEAST ASIA TROPHY 2023 (Thailand 10-hour Endurance Race) to be held 22-23 December at Thailand's Chang International Circuit. Toyota will compete with a three-vehicle setup for ROOKIE Racing featuring the ORC ROOKIE GR86 CNF concept, a GR86 running on carbon-neutral... Read more →

Bridgestone Corporation has been named by the FIA at the World Motor Sport Council in Baku as sole future tire supplier for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship starting in the 2026-2027 season. Bridgestone’s selection by the FIA as the sole tire supplier for Formula E, covering seasons 2026-2027... Read more →

Michigan State University (MSU) is entering into a two-year agreement with Politecnico di Milano in Italy, and the University of Alabama (which is collaborating with the PoliMOVE team) to participate in the Indy Autonomous Challenge. MSU is the first and only team from Michigan to race in the IAC series,... Read more →

Audi has improved the RS Q e-tron rally car once again. (Earlier post.) Ahead of its third outing in the Dakar Rally, the rally car with its electric drivetrain featuring a high-voltage battery and energy converter has received multiple innovative upgrades. The new ideas make the RS Q e-tron safer,... Read more →

General Motors formally registered with the FIA as a Formula 1 power unit manufacturer starting in the 2028 season. Last month, the FIA approved Andretti’s Expression of Interest application for Andretti Cadillac to race in the FIA Formula One World Championship. GM’s development and testing of prototype technology is already... Read more →

The Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team, working together with Title and Technical Partner PETRONAS and our logistics partners, saved 339 tCO2e and reduced race and hospitality trucks and generator emissions by 67% through HVO100 biofuel use over the course of the 2023 Formula One European season. The combined 67% emissions reduction... Read more →

The first BMW XM Label—the company’s most powerful production vehicle to date with 738-horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque on tap—set a new record for hybrid electric SUVs at Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs on 21 September, during an officially certified course run. Following a previous attempt for the race... Read more →

The HySE (Hydrogen Small mobility & Engine technology) research association—which now includes Yamaha Motor, Honda Motor, Kawasaki Motors, Kawasaki Heavy, Suzuki Motor, and Toyota Motor as full members—will enter the hydrogen engine vehicle HySE-X1 in the Mission 1000 Challenge of the Dakar 2024 (Dakar Rally) set to be held in... Read more →

Porsche to use eFuels at Rennsport Reunion 7

Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) will use eFuels in both road and race cars at Rennsport Reunion 7 when it kicks off 28 September at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. This marks the first time synthetic fuel is used in Porsche vehicles at a large-scale event in the United States, as... Read more →

Toyota Motor Corporation will enter the ENEOS Super Taikyu Series 2023 Supported by Bridgestone Round 4 Super Taikyu Race (5h x 1 race), to be held from 29-30 July at the Autopolis international racing course in Oita Prefecture, with the #32 ORC ROOKIE GR Corolla H2 Concept, which runs on... Read more →

Lamborghini Squadra Corse launched its first hybrid endurance racing prototype, the SC63, at Goodwood Festival of Speed. The SC63, which will begin testing within weeks, is set to compete in the Hypercar class of the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and in the... Read more →

Hyundai Motor Company is testing the performance capabilities of its IONIQ 5 N—N brand’s first high-performance, all-electric model—at the Nürburgring racing circuit in Germany in preparation for the vehicle’s world premiere in July. For IONIQ 5 N, Hyundai Motor has fused its Electrified-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) with N’s motorsport-bred technologies... Read more →

Ford Performance is heading to the 101st running of “The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb brought to you by Gran Turismo” with the all-new, improved electric Ford SuperVan 4.2. Ford Performance and the experts at STARD (Stohl Advanced Research and Development) joined forces once again to create SuperVan 4.2... Read more →

Ferrari won the Centenary edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the 499P driven by Alessandro Pier Guidi, who shared the number 51 car with James Calado and Antonio Giovinazzi, covering 342 laps of the French track. Ferrari claimed an historic result on its return to the top... Read more →

At a press conference of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) at Circuit de la Sarthe in western France, Toyota Motor Corporation Chairman Akio Toyoda revealed the hydrogen engine vehicle prototype “GR H2 Racing Concept”. Developed with future competition in its sights, the prototype’s unveiling was spurred by a recent... Read more →

Just a few months into a joint innovation project (earlier post), engineers from Bosch Engineering and Ligier Automotive have built a high-performance vehicle with a hydrogen engine. The demonstrator is based on the Ligier JS2 R race car, which was modified for hydrogen operation. The Ligier JS2 RH2 was officially... Read more →

Toyota will enter the ENEOS Super Taikyu Series 2023 Round 2 NAPAC Fuji SUPER TEC 24 Hours Race, to be held from May 26 to 28, with the #32 ORC ROOKIE GR Corolla H2 Concept (hydrogen-powered Corolla) running on liquid hydrogen. (Earlier post.) It is the first time in the... Read more →

Honda to participate in F1 from 2026 season as power unit supplier for Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant team

Honda Motor plans to participate in the FIA Formula One World Championship (F1) from the 2026 season as a power unit supplier. Honda has agreed to enter into a works partnership with the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team to supply power units compliant with the new F1 power... Read more →

Bosch Engineering and Ligier Automotive have established a strategic partnership for developing high-performance hydrogen engine vehicles. The first step of the joint activities is to construct a demonstration vehicle based on the Ligier JS2 R. Compared to the production vehicle, the hydrogen-powered Ligier JS2 RH2 will be equipped with a... Read more →

In March, Toyota’s GR Corolla H2 Concept (liquid hydrogen-powered Corolla) suffered a fire during a tet run and withdrew from the opening of the ENEOS Super Taikyu Series 2023 Powered by Hankook Round 1 Suzuka. (Earlier post.) Now, Toyota says that with the Super Taikyu season kicking off at Suzuka... Read more →

BMW Motorrad Motorsport partners with NORDOEL in DeCarTrans alternative fuels project

The Superbike Commission of the FIM World Superbike Championship (WorldSBK) has decided that the fuels used, as in MotoGP, must consist of at least 40% non-fossil components from the coming 2024 season. BMW Motorrad Motorsport is preparing intensively for this and is closely involved in the development of such alternative... Read more →

Liquid hydrogen-powered Corolla suffers fire, will not race in Super Taikyu Series Suzuka

Toyota’s #32 ORC ROOKIE GR Corolla H2 Concept (hydrogen-powered Corolla) (earlier post), which was scheduled to participate in the ENEOS Super Taikyu Series 2023 Powered by Hankook Round 1 Suzuka to be held on 18 and 19 March 2023, will not be racing. During a private test run at Fuji... Read more →

On 23 February, a GR Corolla fueled by liquid hydrogen was given a Super Taikyu test run at Fuji Speedway in Oyama, Shizuoka. It marked the car’s first public appearance and the first time for a manufacturer vehicle running on liquid hydrogen to hit the racetrack. Whereas the GR Corollas... Read more →

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has revealed a revised GR010 HYBRID Hypercar for the 2023 season, when it will defend its number one status against new competitors at the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The team’s run of success, which so far includes five consecutive Le... Read more →

Engineers at Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Auto Development Center (ADC), and designers from North America Auto Design Division of American Honda have conceived and constructed the Honda CR-V Hybrid Racer project vehicle—a track monster with some 800 electrified horsepower. The CR-V Hybrid Racer will be revealed on 28 February... Read more →

Nebrija University (Spain) students undertook the redesign and technological improvement of a car of the Sodicars team that took part in the 2023 Dakar Rally in the top-class category (T1).The 3D printing technology used by ArcelorMittal at its R&D&I Center, combined with the smart design algorithms of Nebrija University, have... Read more →

DS PENSKE presented its DS E-TENSE FE23 car ahead of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season nine official test, which will take place at Valencia (Spain) between 13-16 December. Lighter, more efficient and more powerful, the third generation 100% electric single-seater has been developed by the competition division... Read more →

At its Dakar debut in January 2022, the Audi RS Q e-tron (earlier post) series hybrid set standards in efficiency and competitiveness of e-mobility in motorsport. In the next step, the three desert prototypes with electric drive and energy converter will run in the 2023 Dakar Rally with an innovative... Read more →

With the Porsche 99X Electric Gen3, Porsche heads into a new era of Formula E. The electric racing car, which underwent an evolution in the Porsche Development Centre in Weissach, celebrated its world premiere in the Porsche Experience Center in Franciacorta, Italy. It will be fielded by the TAG Heuer... Read more →

In March 2022, the Audi RS Q e-tron 500 kW series-hybrid racer (earlier post) won its first desert rally in Abu Dhabi; now the next evolution is ready. The innovative prototype, bearing the abbreviation E2, is significantly improved for the 2022 Morocco Rally and the 2023 Dakar Rally. RS Q... Read more →

From 2026, Audi will compete in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship with a specially developed power unit. The project will be based at Audi Sport’s facility in Neuburg near Ingolstadt. This is the first time in more than a decade that a Formula 1 power train will be built... Read more →

Acura Motorsports released the first official images and details for the all-new, electrified Acura ARX-06 prototype sports car, which will make its competition debut next January at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The latest in a line of successful Acura endurance racing prototypes, the ARX-06 features Acura-specific bodywork and aerodynamics... Read more →

Hyundai Motor’s high-performance N sub-brand revealed the RN22e and N Vision 74 “rolling lab” concepts to demonstrate Hyundai Motor’s ambition to become a leader in the zero-emissions future. Hyundai Motor’s rolling labs are vehicles in which the company tests and verifies advanced technologies to apply them to future production models.... Read more →

BMW will shortly begin an intensive period of testing for the BMW M Hybrid V8, with which BMW M Motorsport will be battling for overall wins in 2023 in the IMSA GTP class of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The project had already reached a key milestone before the rollout: the... Read more →

As part of a broader initiative to accelerate the use of sustainable technologies in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) announced plans to debut Firestone Firehawk race tires made with guayule natural rubber grown and extracted at the company’s guayule R&D facilities in Arizona. (Earlier post.) The guayule race... Read more →

Manufacturers confirmed for the start of Gen3 era of ABB FIA Formula E world championship

Seven of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers have registered with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) to race the new Gen3 car which debuts in next season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The Gen3 race car will be officially unveiled to the public at the Yacht Club... Read more →