FIA approves sustainable fuel for Formula 1 – F1 to be carbon neutral by 2021

The FIA has approved the use of sustainable biofuels in Formula 1 from 2021, providing teams with a pathway for a widespread adoption as the sport heads towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral in 2021, and carbon net zero by 2030. 

As part of the FIAs research in sustainability, the motorsport governing body’s in-house research team have developed a carbon-neutral biofuel that meets the F1 engine specifications. The first barrels have already been sent to engine suppliers for initial development and testing with a view to using them in the sport’s 2022 power units. 

Teams will be able to use the fuel from 2021 to aid development too, although there will be a period of adjustment as fuel suppliers ramp up production to meet demand before its wide-spread use. 

The sustainable biofuel itself is manufactured in part by using waste products to counteract carbon emissions created through its manufacturing

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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde enters production

Aston Martin has marked the fifty years since the iconic Concorde with a limited edition DBS Superleggera Concorde. After initially being revealed earlier this year, the special edition is now in production, reaching customers early next year. 

The DBS Superleggera Concorde special edition is the latest in Aston Martin’s “Wings” series, following on from the Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition, Vantage Blades Edition, and the V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80.

Like those cars, the latest special celebrates an incredible part of aviation history. Often celebrated as one of the greatest achievements in aviation, and frequently cited as a design icon, Concorde enabled transatlantic passenger travel on a level that had never been achieved before, and has never been replicated since. A flight between London and New York took only 3.5 hours, compared to around eight in a conventional airliner.

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Car pictures of the week

It feels an age since the days were long and ambient temperatures occasionally popped into double digits, so what better time to go back to mid-August when we shot the BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe and our long-term Audi RS7 together on a 30-degree summer day. This shoot first featured in our Fast Fleet section in issue 280, but for this week’s gallery we’ve got some of the superb images that didn’t make it into print. 

The shoot itself was fairly routine. Resident evo snapper Aston Parrott was running around in our Fast Fleet RS7 after lending his more practical Passat estate to dep ed Adam Towler for a summer holidays camping trip. It was planned that we’d meet up, me in a BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe for a shoot around roads local to evo Towers 2.0. 

As is usually the case, Aston began with some statics while the

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evo Car of the Year 2020 – on sale now!

It’s time to reveal our final eight contenders having been whittled down from an initial 16. For our finale, our judges headed east from Anglesey, meeting on the Scottish Borders for the final reckoning. 

Why the borders? Well aside from obvious travel restrictions scuppering initial plans to hold eCoty 2020 in a sunnier location, they have also since become synonymous with evo’s most intensive comparisons in recent years. Ensconced by the Kielder Forest below and the Scottish lowlands above the terrain is challenging, twisted, scarred and windswept, yet still open enough to exploit the world’s best performance cars. 

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These are our eight finalists, and if you thought the results might be a forgone conclusion, just wait.

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evo Car of the Year 2020 finalists

Toyota GR Yaris

So after an intensive first week, did the Toyota GR

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New details of flagship BMW M5 CS revealed

The BMW M5 is soon to be available in an even hotter CS variant for the first time, with M Division boss Marcus Flasch confirming the new flagship will be revealed in January next year. 

The new M5 CS will follow a familiar technical recipe to BMW’s other CS offerings, including the M2 CS which has proved a big hit within evo. Changes will include a variety of detail and setup changes to the package, as well as subtly lifting power and reducing weight, but without dramatically changing the standard M5’s technical package.

Power will see a slight bump from the current M5 Competition’s 616bhp, to 626bhp, derived from the same 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It’s expected that the same eight-speed automatic transmission and decoupleable all-wheel drive system will continue to be employed too, but carbon ceramic brakes are expected to be fitted as standard with a bespoke 

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