Vintage Bentley Founder Switches To Synthetic Fuel

By Anoop Bhuller

3 months ago

How we can make racing greener


William Medcalf, founder of Vintage Bentley, was talking to his daughter Charlotte who pointed out that the cars he races are ‘bad for the environment’.

This has led Mr Medcalf to think about alternatives to traditional fuels, resulting in him finding a German company that creates fossil-free synthetic fuel. 

Making The Switch To A Greener Fuel

Synthetic fuels are made by extracting carbon dioxide and water from the environment. The water is split by electrolysis, making hydrogen which is then synthesised with carbon. 

Pre-prep children at Highfield and Brookham get a close look at one of William Medcalf’s vintage cars.

Pre-prep children at Highfield and Brookham get a close look at one of William Medcalf’s vintage cars.

Mr Medcalf put the new fuel to the test with a race around the track. The test was a success and he has continued to use the fossil-free fuel since.

He will be racing his Bentley at the Goodwood Revival meeting in September. The track is known for only allowing cars who run on synthetic fuels to race. 

Mr Medcalf also visited his daughters’ school, Highfield and Brookham, to allow the pre-prep children to have a closer look at one of his vintage cars.

What are the benefits of synthetic fuel?

Using synthetic fuel is a cleaner alternative as it minimises pollution. The logistics are also less complicated in terms of handling and storage compared to other options.

The raw materials used to create the fuels are renewable meaning it is a much more sustainable option.