Mazda completes 1000-mile UK drive using sustainable 100 per cent fossil-free fuel

06 December 2022 | David Young

A production standard 184ps 2.0-litre Mazda MX-5 Roadster has established a benchmark lap time for a zero fossil fuel sustainable fuelled car at a racetrack in each of the UK home nations

Mazda completes 1000-mile UK drive using sustainable 100 per cent fossil-free fuel

Powered by Sustain 100% sustainable road fuel from Coryton, the unmodified Mazda MX-5 completed laps at Anglesey Circuit in Wales, Oulton Park in England, Knockhill in Scotland and Kirkistown in Northern Ireland across a week in which the car also drove 1000-miles around the UK from circuit to circuit on sustainable petrol.

The second generation Coryton fuel was created using 100% agricultural waste, such as straw, by-products and waste from crops which wouldn't be used for consumption. Highlighting the role sustainable fuels can play in de-carbonising both road cars and motorsport, the drive also highlights how sustainable fuels could complement Mazda's Multi-Solution approach to achieving climate neutrality.

Mazda is committed to reducing CO2 emissions from every car and believes that all options available must be used to achieve climate neutrality. Through Mazda's SKYACTIV Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture, continued electrification will go hand in hand with the development of advanced internal combustion engine technology such as the award-winning e-Skyactiv X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) petrol engine found in the Mazda3 and Mazda CX-30.

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.

As is proven by the 1000-mile drive across the UK and the establishment of the circuit laps, sustainable fossil-free fuels can also be a solution for decarbonising the many millions of combustion engine cars that will remain on our roads for decades to come. The Mazda MX-5 drove from Coryton HQ in Essex, via Motorsport UK HQ in Bicester, before completing the tour of the four UK circuits. The completely unmodified MX-5's performance, economy and engine character was unchanged by the SUSTAIN 100% road fuel supplied by Coryton, in fact excluding the circuit laps the MX-5 averaged 45.6mpg.