Hybrid Car Racing - Coming Soon
To no ones surprise, each involve a combustion engine and lots of infrastructure. The differentiating factor was size of the engine, overall fuel consumptions, the size of the competitive field, and breadth of the fan base.
We factored in overall audience size, number of participants, the direct carbon output from the participating vehicles, the contributing impact of all the fans transportation to/from the event, fan’s carbon impact at the event (i.e. tailgate consumables, RV – AC), and the overall infrastructure of the sport (track, stadium, duration….)
- Formula One
- Drag Boat Racing
- Motocross – motorcycle
- RV Camping
- Recreational Motor Boating
- Jet Skis
- Drag Car Racing
- Air Races
- Motocross – ATV
From a carbon reduction standpoint, we’ll go out on a limb here and suggest that you boycott these sports and vote with your interest and share of wallet and divert your recreational bandwidth to other more sustainable sporting activities. We’re working on a Top 10 Sustainable List at the moment.
Now, it is unlikely that anytime soon we’ll see any major Hybrid Car Races replace the current car racing circuits. Although Jay Leno as a regular part of his nightly show has his Green Car Challenge, featuring celebrities who will take turns trying to best one another’s track times in a specially prepared Ford Focus-based battery car. New York Times Article (Sept 14th 2009) and New York Times Article – Jay Leno’s Green Car Challenge (September 19th 2009).
Regardless of the varrooom… it looks like Jay Leno and his guests are having a lot of fun behind the wheel of these hyrids and plug-ins during these races. After all, the fun factor is usually simply relative to the power of the other vehicle you’re racing.
Maybe later tonight, the Green Blizzard office team will sneak about to the local mall parking lot and challenge another Prius owner to a few carefully timed laps in ECO mode (battery-only mode) around a home made course !!!
Other Green Blizzard articles about getting around and lowering your carbon footprint while doing so: