As evidence of how firm the environmental Left’s grip is on Europe, the world’s pinnacle of motorsports — Formula One — is talking of going green.
No corner of Europe escapes the suspicion of the Greenies, and Formula One’s move is no doubt smart PR for a sport whose race cars consume 4 mpg and attracts 100,000 spectators– and their cars and motorhomes — on a race weekend.
But the news is also notable for how “green” equates with “doing with less.” F1′s proposal, reports Autoweek, includes “2.2-liter V6 engines, running on biofuel, with a 10,000-rpm rev limit and a five-race life span.” Leaving aside the shortcomings of biofuel performance and greater upstream emissions, these specs would substantially dumb down the performance of the world’s premier race cars. Current engine specs are 2.4-liter V8 engines revving to a phenomenal 19,000 revs to get upwards of 300 hp per liter.
Like other green energy solutions, a greener F1 would be a poorer performing F1.