Team RAC goes green

Article date: 1 September 2006

  • Team RAC confirms switch to bio-fuels

Today, WSR team principal Dick Bennetts is pleased to announcethat the British Touring Car Championship team, Team RAC, is toswitch to bio-fuels for the remainder of the 2006 season.

The change of fuel will be in effect from this weekend’stitle races at Knockhill with the Team RAC MG ZS’ of bothColin Turkington and Rob Collard taking the environmentallyfriendly approach to motorsport, an initiative heavily supported bythe team’s main sponsors, RAC.

At the moment the UK’s premier motorsport series acceptsthe use of the road fuel E85, 85% renewable fuel bio-ethanol with15% petrol, and two cars have already test driven the fuel in thisyears BTCC in the hands of Fiona Leggate and Jason Hughes.

Commenting on this initiative, Dick Bennetts said: "Our primaryobjective is to be the first ever touring car team to achieve apodium finish to showcase the potential of green fuel for ourprimary sponsor, RAC. I’ve watched the E85-fuelled cars thisyear with interest, and RAC and EEMS (the Motorsport DevelopmentUK’s initiative Energy Efficient Motorsport) were veryenthusiastic about the project. Over the past few weeks we’vebeen working with our engine partner, EDL, who have undertaken someextensive testing and we’ve been suitably impressed with theresults produced on the dyno."

Shaun Meadows, marketing director, RAC, commented: "New fueltechnology is important to us and our members and I’m pleasedto say we have begun our journey into bio-fuels with Team RAC. Werecognise alternative fuel issues are high on the social andcorporate agenda both in terms of environmental protection andfossil fuel sustainability and by demonstrating its use on thetrack we can hopefully raise awareness. There is yet to be a podiumfinish in the Championship for a bio-ethanol car so that iscertainly what we are aiming for this weekend."

BTCC series director Alan Gow added: "This move by Team RAC isgreat testament to bio-fuel as I’m sure that it is not adecision which has been taken lightly due to Colin’s(Turkington) current position in the championship. I congratulatethem on taking this concept further."

EEMS project leader Steve Bunkhall commented: "EEMS is delightedto see a front-running team such as Team RAC elect to use bio-fuelas it’s important for the future of alternative fuels.It’s pleasing that Team RAC has taken this decisionindependently and we are equally pleased to become associated withthe team. EEMS objective is to become associated with automotivemanufacturers and organisations, and the link with such aprestigious brand as RAC is exactly what we are aiming for."

The eighth BTCC round at Knockhill will be transmitted on ITV1on Sunday 3 September starting at 15:00hrs. The programme willinclude highlights from race one and two with race three beingshown live in its entirety. Satellite viewers can watch all threeraces live on Motors TV commencing at 10:20hrs. Further informationon programme replays can be found at


If you would like to arrange an interview with a memberof Team RAC, please contact
Sarah Owen: +44 (0)7793 633153.

For information on EEMS
please contactJanice Minton: +44 (0)1787 880820 / +44 (0)7803 050266 /

During the BTCC event at Knockhill, please contact SteveBunkhall, EEMS Project Leader: (0)07785 912616

Note to editors

About RAC
With around seven millionmembers, RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoringorganizations, providing services for both private and businessmotorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, windscreen repair andreplacement, learning to drive, vehicle inspections and checks,legal and financial services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travelinformation - RAC is able to meet motorists’ needs. RACincorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance andHPI. Aviva bought RAC last year. The acquisition brings togetherRAC's powerful brand and customer base with the expertise andleading position in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance(part of Aviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer,insuring one in seven motor vehicles and with a market share ofaround 14 per cent.

About Aviva
Aviva is the world’s fifth-largest insurance group (based ongross worldwide premiums for the year ended 31 December 2005) andthe largest insurance services provider in the UK. We are one ofthe leading providers of life and pension products in Europe andare actively growing our long-term savings businesses in Asianmarkets, Australia and the USA. Our main activities are long-termsavings, fund management and general insurance. We have premiumincome and investment sales of £36 billion and £332 billion ofassets under management. We have 58,000 employees serving 35million customers.

About EEMS
See facts about bio-ethanol onthe EEMS website Energy Efficient Motorsport(EEMS) is one of five programmes sponsored by MotorsportDevelopment UK to sustain and develop the UK¹s world-leadingmotorsport sector. Programme funding comes directly from the DTIand four regional development agencies. See more seeks to encourage thedevelopment of alternative fuels and powertrain technologies andput energy efficiency at the heart of modern motorsport withoutcomprising the sporting spectacle. There is a widely held beliefthat energy efficiency and green technology are not compatible withexciting motorsport. This is simply not the case in fact the UKmotorsport industry stands to benefit by adopting EEMS concepts andtaking a leading global role.

Copyright free images for editorial purposes are available

To arrange an interview with a member of Team RAC, pleasecontact Sarah Owen on 07793 633153.

Back to top