Rali Ceredigion provides launch pad for a brand new sustainable fuel

Friday 01 September 2023

Sustainability will continue to be a key theme and focus of this year’s JDS Machinery Rali Ceredigion. Organisers have introduced a range of ground-breaking initiatives to minimise the rally’s environmental impact and act as a platform to deliver a longer-term legacy of decarbonisation, including the adoption of lower-carbon transport alternatives.

A significant innovation set to be showcased on this year’s event is the advancement of sustainable fuels for motorsport, with race-fuel manufacturer Carless set to introduce a brand-new second-generation biofuel: Hiperflo ECO98 R70. Containing 70% sustainable content, this brand-new product reduces greenhouse gas emissions by an impressive 47% compared to an equivalent 98 octane fully fossil-based fuel. This latest product adds a new offering to a growing number of sustainable fuel options on the market.

WRC Champion Codriver, Rali Ceredigion Ambassador and owner of historic rally car specialists Viking Motorsport Phil Mills, will be driving an Escort Twin Cam (car #60) on this year’s event and is eager to showcase the benefits of this second-generation biofuel:

“We’ve carried out extensive testing with the new Carless Hiperflo ECO98 R70 on the dyno and been extremely impressed. It is an exact replacement for a traditional fossil-based 98 octane petrol and requires no changes to the fuel system or the tuning of the engine. You just pour it in and go – even in an engine that was designed in the 60s!

“There is no performance loss whatsoever. So, with more sustainable content and far fewer emissions, it ticks all the boxes. Whilst there’s more development to come and it’s not going to happen overnight, this is a massive step forward for sustainability in motorsport. I’m therefore proud to be one of the first to use this new fuel and hope it will lead to more competitors, be it in modern or historic vehicles, to follow suit.”

Nick Heard will likewise use Hiperflo ECO98 R70 in a Ginetta on this year’s rally to spotlight the use of sustainable fuels to teams outside the WRC arena.

Carless Racing Fuels Sales Executive for Motorsports Adrian Stuart explained the benefits for the rallying community: “Building on last year’s milestone, when the event became the first UK rally to offset emissions for all participating vehicles, we are committed to continue this progress even further through the integration of sustainable fuels. We are thrilled to unveil Hiperflo ECO98 R70 at this year’s Rali Ceredigion and its introduction marks a significant step forward for the rallying community.”