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GP Week : Issue 23
>>WRCnews WRC goes green THE FIA has finally published its tender for the official fuel supplier for the World Rally Championship for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011. The existing contract, in which Shell in Germany is the supplier, expires at the end of this year. While the over-riding instruction is that the fuel shall be ‘Green’, to comply with the World Council’s directives, how the fuel is to be deemed ‘friendly’ is down to the supplier. The instruction says “tenderers must be in a position to prove to the FIA that the petrol proposed is of nature to reduce pollutant emissions significantly”, with no reference to the way that the fuel is produced. Ethanol fuels will be considered, but only if they are of ‘cellusoic’ (created from corn or other renewable materials) type. Tenders will be opened by the FIA on October 3, and the decision about who will supply, and presumable what type of fuel is to be used, is to be notified on November 10. World Championship teams will be supplied with samples of the future fuel on the following day, and be able to test them up to November 30. The precise technical specification, which means the performance capability of engines using this fuel, will be agreed between the FIA, the teams and the supplier in time for fuel supplies to start on December 1. It is interesting to note that the specification of fuels has in recent years been progressively tightened, to control the performance of the cars. 17