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17 May 2024  |  Sustainable Fuels

Entering the second year of our winning partnership with Lechner Racing

Building on the successes from 2023 – where Mabanaft provided fuel solutions that delivered a reduction of the CO2 emissions from Lechner Racing’s road transport logistics to net-zero, and BWT Lechner Racing took home both the team and driver championships – we are looking forward to repeat the achievements in the 2024 Porsche Supercup starting this weekend at Imola, Italy.

Mabanaft delivers Renewable Diesel (HVO100) to Lechner Racing, thereby enabling the team to switch away from conventional diesel fuel for their road transport trucks. The remaining residual balance of the road transport CO2 emissions are offset using Voluntary Emissions Reduction certificates (VERs).

Like last year, the BWT Lechner Racing team logistics comprises three transport vehicles, namely one large truck and two smaller vans. Over the season, the vehicles are used to transport the team’s race cars and equipment from the headquarter in Thalgau, Austria to the eight racetracks across Europe, and back again. Over the 2024 season, from May to September, the vehicles are estimated to cover more than 20 thousand kilometres[1] in total.

In 2023, the CO2 emissions were reduced by 18.2t CO2e[2] using Renewable Diesel (HVO100). The goal for the upcoming seasons is to further increase the emission reduction achieved though Renewable Diesel (HVO100) and VERs, to identify opportunities that grow this base concept further, and to incorporate new aspects like GHG accounting, and decarbonisation of additional parts of the team’s logistics.

The Renewable Diesel (HVO100) that Mabanaft delivers to Lechner Racing is fully compatible with the EN 15940 fuel standard, meeting seasonal cold flow property requirements. This Renewable Diesel (HVO100) will be ISCC certified and come with over 90% GHG savings[3]. The product is made from waste and residue feedstocks that align with EU RED II Annex IX A and B.

Watch the video below to hear Mabanaft CEO Jon Perkins and Lechner Racing CEO and Team Principal Robert Lechner talk about what it takes to be successful, what we can learn from each other, and why they don’t mind others copying the concept:

Video Interview

[1] Estimation based on the actual distance covered in the 2023 season, 20,652 km.

[2] All calculations done following REDII calculation principles, based on data provided by Lechner Racing.

[3] When compared to the REDII fossil fuel comparator 94 g CO2e/MJ