Safety in motor racing in 2017: Sylvain Chomet discusses new emphasis on emissions controls, air purifiers, and electric cars on the race track

In partnership with the government, we have become designated as France’s first official “green motorsport track”. We are pleased to announce this initiative, which we believe will help us to grow our fan base and to adapt to changing times when public focus on climate change and carbon emissions are very high.

We believe that showcasing the latest and greatest green cars from top makers will actually make for even better racing than ever before, because big car companies like Ferrari have actually made better electric cars than gas models in the past few years. The BMW i8, for instance, won the Top Gear Magazine Car of the Year award in 2014, beating out dozens of amazing petrol models.

The excitement in motoring these days is to be found with green vehicles, which can now easily best the top speeds set by petrol motors. They also work much better on the track, thanks to their reliable electric drivetrains, which makes for a more exciting viewing.

We also have introduced new ways to deal with combustion racing and make it healthier for everyone involved.

For the past decade we have been leaders in reducing emissions from all gasoline cars on Le Circuit, and promoted special muffler systems that filter out the worst of racing smogs.

In the next year of racing, all diesel fuels used in our championship truck races will come from biodiesel sources, which helps to reduce our carbon footprint and draw awareness to our other green initiatives.

As we are becoming increasingly aware of the health problems caused by exhaust and fumes from the race track, we have introduced air purifiers in the grand stand, which makes it the best place to be for anyone with asthma or sensitive breathing. We’ve focused on the best air purifier brand(s) of course!

The government has also recommended that anyone near to the track (such as the apartment block on the east wing), use air purifiers in their house to reduce smoke from the racing here at Le Circuit. We have agreed to support anyone who needs to purchase one with a 10% credit on the price, to take responsibility for our emissions.

We will also be promoting greener cars in our big supercar races here on the track. We have worked with our partner makers to showcase the most exciting hybrid and electric cars being made right now, and we are very excited to report that they are the fastest vehicles we have ever raced here, no matter what they use for power. Because of this emphasis on green cars, we have had better publicity and support from the general public than other tracks which have continued to use only petrol cars.

Our last exciting update is that because of our efforts to promote environmentally-friendly racing, the government has helped us with funding upgrades to the pit areas of the track, and helped us finance the purchase of new safety computers that are installed on all race vehicles. They track conditions on the pavement and in the car, and can alert the driver before a serious problem occurs. This has made the motorsport events safer for both drivers and spectators.

We hope you will continue to support Le Circuit d’Albi and join us for much more motorsport excitement in the years to come. We think that after 70 years, our most exciting times are still ahead.

P.S. Racing and driving aside, air purifiers can also provide your nose relief from the smell of smoke e.g. cigarette smoke in your home — learn more here:

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