Formula One Going Green. Is It Actually Worth It ?
With the transition from V8 engines to V6 engines with a turbo coming in 2014 fans of Formula One and motor-sport in general have been flocking the forums and message boards to voice their opinion. For the most part the opinions from the viewing public have been very negative with people questioning the motivation of the decision. The motivation behind this transition is for Formula One to become ‘green’. This is Formula One’s attempt to shake of the image of being a gas-guzzling motor-sport which is destroying the planet in the name of entertainment. This certainly appears to some who have dug under the surface more than the general public that it is all an empty promise that Formula One is going green because of reasons that will be discussed later.
Formula One for the past 63 years has given motor-sport fans the sort of excitement that has made it the most watched motor-sport in the world today. That entertainment could be said to be in the form of the fastest men on the planet driving the ultimate racing machines. It could also be said that one of the main attractions to Formula One is the sound, the deep growl of the V10 engines a decade ago were the very thing that attracted me to the sport. Those days are long gone and we now live in an age were motor-sport is being bullied into becoming as green as possible.
It could be said however that Formula One can never be green. The reason for saying this is that the whole point of the V6 engines is to reduce the amount of fuel used by the cars but currently in Formula One the amount of fuel used to transport everything a team needs around the world for a season is 1083 times the amount of fuel used to run both cars for a year. Yes, 1083 times. This is the reasoning for the theory that a this change is just to silence the activists and politicians who are criticizing the sport for their impact on the planet.
Overall, it seems as if the mission to make motor-sport green has failed before it has even started. The only plausible way for Formula One to go green is for them to have individual national championships around the world but that will never happen and for the cars to be electric – which is slightly more realistic due to the fact that the F.I.A are launching a new series called Formula E which begins in 2014 cities and will have races in major cities across the globe. It appears that activists and politicians alike will just have to accept that there is little to no chance for Formula One or any motor-sport to become ‘green’.
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