World Championship Air Race to be Powered by Zero Net Carbon Fuel

24 June, 2021

In a first for the global aviation industry, World Championship Air Race (WCAR) has announced plans to run its fleet of high-performance race planes on new, zero net carbon aviation fuel.

Marking a major step on its journey to become carbon neutral, the world’s fastest motorsport series is partnering with Prometheus Fuels which will use its Titan Fuel Forge™ technology to create ‘fuel from air’ by reclaiming atmospheric carbon through a proprietary process that strips carbon dioxide (CO2) molecules from the air and energizes them into hydrocarbons that are subsequently made into fuel. The electricity used in the process comes from renewable sources such as solar, wind, wave and hydro, ensuring zero net carbon emissions resulting from the use of the fuel.

Prometheus Fuels will start selling regulator-approved gasoline for ground vehicles later this year in its home state of California, before adding the production of diesel, jet fuel and aviation gasoline - known as AVGAS - to its zero net carbon fuel product range. Because Prometheus fuels are molecularly identical to those traditionally derived from fossils, it will use the same storage, delivery and combustion technology as is currently in place.

Speaking about the new partnership, Willie Cruickshank, WCAR Race Series Director, said:
“As a signatory of the Sports for Global Climate Action Declaration, adopting, showcasing and promoting the latest developments in green aviation is a core principle of the World Championship Air Race and we are excited about the opportunities Prometheus’s zero net carbon AVGAS brings to both air racing as well as the wider global General Aviation community.

“World Championship Air Race is working with a growing network of inspirational technology partners who are pioneering a wide range of sustainable energy and propulsion solutions, ensuring WCAR remains true to its vision to provide the ultimate proving ground for urban air mobility, aviation and clean technology. Our partnership with Prometheus Fuels is the first of many aviation innovations that WCAR will be introducing in the years to come.”

Rob McGinnis, Founder and CEO of Prometheus Fuels, said:
“We’re proud to partner with World Championship Air Race in its mission to make the world’s fastest motorsport 100 percent carbon neutral. Our high-performance zero net carbon fuels are a perfect match for air racing’s storied spectacle of speed, adrenaline and skill.”

The partnership with Prometheus Fuels is the latest in a series of announcements by World Championship Air Race ahead of its planned debut in the first quarter of 2022. In addition to a 15-year sanction agreement with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) for the World Air Sports Federation to provide sporting governance and contribute to the safety oversight for the new series, WCAR has concluded agreements with 12 teams to compete in its elite GP1 classification and confirmed a broadcast partnership with Aurora Media Worldwide.