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Why methanol is used as a fuel in Formula 1 racing cars and not used in ordinary vehicles?

Date: 09 Apr 2016   Posted By: Hardik Joshi     Group: Science and Technology    Category: Technology   

Methanol is costly than petrol and diesel. Then why is it used in Formula 1 racing car and not used in ordinary vehicles? Is there any alternate of methanol as a fuel Formula car?
What is the average of Formula One racing car which uses methanol as fuel?
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Author: Kailash Kumar    11 Apr 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Methanol is not used as a fuel in Formula One racing cars though methanol was used as a fuel in the IndyCar Series as it has lower flash point and easily extinguishable with water. However its drawback is that burns invisibly. Additives were mixed in the methanol to make it burn with a color.
Methanol had been replaced by Ethanol. A 90% Ethanol and 10% Methanol mixture was used up to 2005 and subsequently other mixtures were used, but now 100% Ethanol is used.
As per FIA requirement Formula One fuel can contain only those compounds which are found in commercial gasoline. Therefore fuel of F1 cars is similar to ordinary petrol though a specially prepared mix.

Author: Krishna Teja Yeluripati    08 Jun 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

The fuel used in Formula 1 Racing Cars is not methanol but a fuel similar to petrol with a controlled mixture of some other compounds. Also, these compound must be the ones which can be found in gasoline. A fuel must have high mass density to work better. So, ordinary fuels are not directly used. Before the races, fuel samples must be submitted to FIA officials. Sometimes, they may request another sample during the race to check whether any malpractice is being done. If found guilty, racers will be disqualified from the race and a lot more can happen.

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