Motor racing history was made during 1994 in South Africa when BMW became the first South African motor manufacturer to run environmentally friendly racing cars. BMW motorsport’s two BMW 318i touring cars were fitted with catalytic convertors exhaust systems and fuelled with unleaded petrol supplied by BP. The autocatalyst, made by Johnson Matthey converted the poisonous carbon monoxide gas, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides emitted from exhausts into harmless carbon dioxide, water and nitrogen.
19 years later, and technology has advanced tremendously. Kelvin is currently racing in the VW Scirrocco R-cup which is powered by compressed natural gas. Using alternative fuel makes it possible to reduce the vehicle’s carbon emissions by up to 80%.