Apparently, tyres made partially from orange peels and motor oil made from animal fat are part of the green future for sports car racing in the US.
No – don’t check your calendar, this is NOT an April Fool’s Day joke.
Last week Yokohoma introduced its ADVAN ENV-R tyres, which combine orange oil made from discarded peels with natural rubber to form a new compound called Super Nano-Power Rubber.
The tyres were debuted at Sebring International Raceway and will be used on Porsche 911 race cars in the Patrol GT23 Challenge, a series sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association.
But the bizarre merger of food stuff and car components doesn’t end there, because IMSA also sanctions the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), which likes to call itself the most environmentally friendly racing series in the world.
And ALMS has signed a two year agreement with Green Earth Technologies to make its official motor oil G-Oil, a green motor oil made mostly from American-grown beef tallow.
G-Oil only recently certified for use in motor vehicles, will initially be used only in ALMS trucks and official vehicles. ALMS officials said they expect several teams to begin using the new oil in their race cars when the new product becomes readily available.
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Denna Bowman, Head Office