Interesting points, thanks for the brutal honesty on some of your parts. I went into this project knowing that some people would love it, and some would hate it.
As for the whole track time thing, I have not stated once that I expect other people to ditch practice or qualifying. Just my choice that allows me stick within an environmental budget that I have set for myself this year. If other people want to join me, cool. If not, no big deal!
Now, if NASA implements an "Ecobrap" discount, to decrease entry cost if you do not go out in practice or qualifying? That might actually make it an option for some people.
Should it be forced? No. Could it be a discounted option? Yes. Will it happen? Who knows.
I will be making a video on this, with a trusty ol clickbait title: "How bad is auto racing for the environment".
I HAVE already done the calculations months ago when I decided to start this project. My results are what motivated me to do this project, for the GOOD of racing.
My entire 2019 racing season (3000 miles towing, plus 105 gallons of fuel at the track), yields about 2.5-3 metric tons of CO2 (yikes).
But that's just a number, doesn't really mean anything unless you have something to compare it to?
Well, what are other people my age (26) doing for fun? Well, they're hopping on a flight to Australia for 2 weeks and documenting it on Instagram for everyone to see.
How bad could that be? 350 people on a flight? Must be some scaling efficiency there?
The CO2 impact of ONE person, round trip from San Francisco to Australia. Economy Class. A whopping 3.5 tons.
Yes, my entire racing season, outputs less CO2 than one person's round trip flight to Australia. Hard to believe, until you realize that your average passenger plane burns one gallon per second. Doesn't matter that there are 350 people onboard, that is a LOT of burn rate to be divided.
Keep in mind that this is my racing season (20mpg towing minimum), and 15 gallons or less per race weekend. Most people's racing season will easily double that.
But just because racing isn't that bad compared to what other people do, doesn't mean we can't strive to be more efficient.
The good news is that we have the above statistic in our arsenal if they do decide to come after racing.
See attached picture, this was taken as I rolled out for practice (yes I did have to do a few laps of practice in my first weekend. New car with lots of problems).
My car was the only one out of the 30-40 cars rolling onto track to have that cloud behind the car. I don't know about you, but that looks like H20 to me, which would argue that the cat is doing something, even when cold at the back of the pipe.
Either way, the emissions testing and dyno won't lie, so stay tuned for that