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You may have seen our recent Newsletter about how we have ‘Carbon Captured’ our V16 Chassis IV’s emissions for the 2022 and 2023 activities. Sustainability is an important part of BRM’s “Re-Awakening” which is why we decided to use the FBHVC’s Carbon Capture scheme rather than the less sustainable ‘Carbon Offset” schemes many organisations use.

Sustainability is much more complex than just ‘being green’ – for us; it is about balancing the past, the present and the future in a manner that benefits the present without ‘borrowing’ from the future – and we believe that in our own small way, BRM can be part of that future.

Motorsport has always been the laboratory and R&D Department of the Automotive Sector. BRM has a proud history in this area – be that the fitting of disc brakes to the V16 in the early 50s (The first F1 car to do so), the Rover BRM Gas Turbine car of the early 60s, our mid-60s projects looking at telemetry and data capture, the ‘Wing Car’ project exploring aerodynamics and ground effects of the late ’60s (some ten years before Lotus) or ours and Lotus’ pioneering use of sponsorship in motorsport to fund further development.

We are committed to continuing that path as we “Go Racing” once again. Beyond the Carbon Capture of Chassis IV’s environmental footprint, we are actively pursuing a project to get Chassis IV running on sustainable non-fossil synthetic  ‘e-fuels’ – we believe that if we, together with our project partners, can demonstrate that it is possible to run one of the most complex engines ever produced on non-fossil fuels, then this will give confidence to our ‘historic motorsport’ family that this is a viable direction of travel. We strongly believe sustainability is an issue that the historic motorsport and classic car sectors need to address with some urgency.

None of this comes cheap, something you’ll hear often said in the motorsport industry! So last year, we launched BRM Paddock Pass to help us ‘fuel’ these ambitions. We aim for BRM to contribute to allowing the whole sector to embrace a more sustainable future.

Thank you for your continued support.

Paul Owen.