Starting this day, participants in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will be filling their cars with a special fuel synthesized by ExxonMobil. The first iteration of the mixture is based on second-generation biofuels, and the second, which will begin testing in 2022, will already receive synthetic components. By using this fuel in production vehicles, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by 85 percent.
While some manufacturers are abandoning the development of internal combustion engines and announcing a complete transition to electricity, Porsche is talking about preserving the internal combustion engine, both independently and as part of hybrid installations. According to the company, synthetic fuels will help extend the life of piston engines. And the first serious steps in this direction the Germans made last year, announcing the start of construction in Chile of a commercial plant for the production of carbon-neutral methanol and gasoline (eFuel).
Haru Oni will be built in the south of the country, in the province of Magallanes. The choice of this location is due to the favorable wind conditions, which will reduce the cost of energy obtained from renewable sources. ExxonMobil is Porsche’s project partner. The company has already synthesized the first version of the Esso Renewable Racing Fuel, which the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will start using this year. So far, the fuel is mainly a mixture of second-generation biofuels. But in 2022, it will begin to be made from components of carbon-neutral methanol. E-Methanol will be produced at Haru Oni, mixing hydrogen with carbon dioxide captured from the air.
Porsche has high hopes for such fuel. After all, low-carbon gasoline that meets current fuel standards could reduce harmful emissions by 85 percent. In the meantime, it will only be used in racing cars and in Porsche Experience centers, but in the future the company will switch to synthetics production sports cars. It also keeps vintage Porsches alive. Along with Porsche, interest in synthetic fuels has been shown by Audi, Bentley, BMW, Aston Martin and McLaren. However, it is believed that the technology will become truly mainstream only in ten years.