ExxonMobil and Porsche are celebrating 20 years of collaboration and innovation in China, as the partners test advanced racing biofuels in Europe.
Since Porsche entered the Chinese market in 2001, the two companies have worked closely to bring automobile innovation and improved capabilities to the Chinese people.
Globally, since 1996, more than a million of their vehicles have rolled off the assembly line filled with ExxonMobil’s high-performance lubricants.
The two groups have also been working to test biofuels and renewable, lower-carbon ‘eFuels’ that will help to actively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and are now testing these fuels under real conditions, live on the racetrack.
It comes as ExxonMobil and Porsche recognise two decades of partnership on the Chinese mainland with the launch of a limited, 20th-anniversary co-branded product at ExxonMobil’s Taicang lubricant plant.
“ExxonMobil has been one of our closest and most important partners for the past 25 years, sharing the same commitment to performance, technology and customer experience as Porsche,” said Fabio Stoelzel, vice president after sales of Porsche China.
“The co-branded motor oil launched by Porsche and Mobil 1™ will thoroughly enhance the superior performance of our engines and sets a new benchmark for the industry,” he said.
Richard Yue, General Manager of ExxonMobil (China) Investment Co. Ltd, welcomed the cooperation between the two companies.
“The co-label product filling during the event, a drum display, as well as a lab tour for our Porsche visitors were all unique and highlighted our team’s dedication to the business and partnership,” he said.
Recently, ExxonMobil and Porsche announced the testing of advanced biofuels and renewable, lower-carbon eFuels, as part of a new agreement to find pathways toward potential future consumer adoption.
The first iteration of Esso Renewable Racing Fuel is a blend of primarily advanced biofuels and is specially formulated by ExxonMobil’s in-house team of scientists and engineers.
“Over the past quarter-century, we have worked together with Porsche to develop high-performance products that support Porsche’s vehicle performance on the racetrack and on the road,” Andy Madden, vice president of strategy and planning for ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, said.
“Our continued collaboration on renewable and eFuels is a critical step in assessing the technical capability and commercial viability of fuels that can significantly reduce emissions.”
The fuel will be tested in race conditions with Porsche’s high-performance motorsports engines during the 2021 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race series.
As early as 2022, the companies plan to test the second iteration of the Esso Renewable Racing Fuel, which will contain eFuel components.These eFuels are synthetic fuels made from renewable hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide.
The eFuel is anticipated to achieve a greenhouse gas emissions reduction of up to 85% when blended to current market fuel standards for today’s passenger vehicles.i
“eFuels are a good complement to our powertrain strategy. They allow our customers to drive cars with conventional combustion engines as well as plug-in hybrids with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions,” said Michael Steiner, a member of Porsche’s executive board, research and development.
“The collaboration with ExxonMobil enables us to test the eFuels under demanding conditions on the racing track. This is a further step towards making eFuels an affordable and lower greenhouse gas emission substitute to conventional fuels.”
The eFuel will be sourced from the Haru Oni pilot plant based in Chile that generates hydrogen, which is then combined with captured carbon dioxide drawn from the atmosphere to produce methanol. ExxonMobil is providing a license and support for the proprietary technology to convert the methanol to gasoline, which will result in a lower-carbon fuel.
In the pilot phase in 2022, around 35,000 gallons of eFuels will be produced. As the fuel’s primary consumer, Porsche will use the eFuels among others in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2022 season.
The first on-track testing of Esso Renewable Racing Fuel was in March. Testing will continue throughout the 2021 and 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race series.
The collaboration with Porsche builds on ExxonMobil’s continuing efforts to develop and deploy lower-emission energy solutions, including high-efficiency fuels and lubricants, advanced plastics and other products that can enable cars and trucks to use less fuel.
Over the past two decades, ExxonMobil has invested more than $10 billion to research, develop and deploy lower-emission energy solutions.
iThe GHG emissions reduction stated here relates to the comparison of the calculated carbon footprint of product (CFP) for the renewable components in the PMSC race fuel versus a 94 grams CO2e/MJ of EU Renewable Energy Directive II baseline comparator. Emission reductions of up to 85% from renewable components vs. conventional are based on the carbon footprint of product calculations conducted under ISO 14067 methodology, effectively referenced as a well-to-wheels boundary, taking into account the feedstock-, production-, transportation-, and combustion-related emissions to manufacture the blend of renewable components mentioned here. A functional unit of 1 MJ of fuels was used for the comparison.