Parntership launched to explore 'second generation' biofuels

Research to explore low carbon technologies in performance cars

Drayson Racing and Aston University have launched a partnership to develop and demonstrate low carbon automotive technologies.

The partnership will investigate ‘second generation’ biofuels to create high performance cars with reduced CO2 emissions.

In particular, the partnership will investigate the production of ‘second generation’ biofuels from sources such as organic waste; improving the stability and reliability of ‘second generation’ biofuels; enhancing the ability of high-performance engines to optimise performance; and developing materials for use in fuel pumps and other areas capable of surviving a highly aggressive biofuel environment.

Lord Drayson, former UK Minister for Science and Innovation, and managing partner of Drayson Racing and Aston alumnus, said: I’m thrilled to be working with Aston University on this exciting and important research area which leverages Aston’s leadership in biofuels research and their established links with the biotech and automotive industries. We have pioneered the use of second-generation cellulosic bio-ethanol in motor racing for over four years.”

“Reducing vehicle emissions is one of the critical challenges of the next 20 years. Road transport accounts for 25 to 35 per cent of CO2 emissions in developed countries, and the major source of these emissions is private cars. We are keen to apply what we have learnt on the track to novel products that will improve the performance of future vehicles while reducing their carbon impact.”

Professor Robert Berry, Executive Dean of Engineering at Aston University, said: “This new partnership is extremely exciting for us all. The opportunity to partner with Drayson Racing is particularly unique and motivating: working at the leading edge of this highly competitive sport where engines and drivers are operating at their respective limits will encourage a real acceleration of research results into practice.”

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