At a racetrack in each of the UK's home nations, an entirely production-standard 184-ps 2.0-liter Mazda MX-5 Roadster set a milestone lap time for a zero fossil fuel sustainable fueled vehicle. The unmodified Mazda MX-5 completed laps at the Anglesey Circuit in Wales, Oulton Park in England, Knockhill in Scotland, and Kirkistown in Northern Ireland over the course of a week while being driven 1000 miles around the UK from circuit to circuit on SUSTAIN 100% sustainable road fuel from Coryton.
100% agricultural waste, including straw, byproducts, and waste from crops that wouldn't be consumed, was utilised to make the second generation of Coryton fuel. The drive demonstrates how sustainable fuels could support Mazda's Multi-Solution strategy for attaining climate neutrality, as well as the role they can play in decarbonizing both road vehicles and motorsport.
In order to attain climate neutrality, Mazda is dedicated to lowering CO2 emissions from every vehicle and thinks that all feasible choices should be utilised. Continued electrification will go hand in hand with the development of cutting-edge internal combustion engine technology, like the award-winning e-Skyactiv X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) petrol engine found in the Mazda3 and Mazda CX-30, thanks to Mazda's SKYACTIV Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture.
Across Mazda's current lineup, this multi-solution approach is evident whether these SPCCI-powered vehicles are combined with Mazda M Hybrid mild-hybrid, the all-electric Mazda MX-30, or the Plug-in Hybrid CX-60 PHEV. Additionally, Mazda's upcoming Skyactiv EV scalable architecture will allow it to produce electric vehicles of different shapes and sizes on the same assembly line. The addition of brand-new in-line six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to the CX-60 lineup the following year will also emphasise Mazda's exceptional and effective combustion technology.
In addition to the Multi-Solution approach found in Mazda’s current range and its future products, Mazda is investing in different projects and partnerships to promote the development and use of renewable fuels in cars. In Japan, Mazda is involved in several joint research projects and studies as part of an ongoing industry-academia-government collaboration to promote the wide-spread adoption of biofuels from microalgae growth. In Europe, Mazda was the first OEM to join the eFuel Alliance.
Sustainable fossil-free fuels can also be a solution for decarbonizing the many millions of combustion engine cars that will continue to be on our roads for decades to come, as shown by the 1000-mile journey across the UK and the establishment of the circuit laps. The Mazda MX-5 left the Coryton headquarters in Essex and travelled to the Motorsport UK headquarters in Bicester before finishing its journey of the four UK tracks. The performance, efficiency, and engine character of the entirely stock MX-5 were unaffected by the SUSTAIN 100% road fuel provided by Coryton; in fact, eliminating circuit laps, the MX-5 averaged 45.6 mpg.
Mazda Motors UK, Managing Director, Jeremy Thomson, said: “It’s especially appropriate to highlight how they have the potential to make the enjoyment of driving sustainable whether on the road or on track for fun or in competition – all of which is key to a car like the Mazda MX-5 that has been providing driving fun for over 30 years. I hope this demonstration will be a forerunner of bigger and better things to come, this pioneering approach is very much in line with Mazda’s famed Challenger Spirit”.