Shell Renewable Race Fuel Engineers Earn Schwitzer Award

Selda Gunsel, Ph.D., Bassem Kheireddin, Ph.D. and Jung Fang, Ph.D. were honored May 19 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the 2023 Louis Schwitzer Award for their Shell 100% Renewable Race Fuel, which has been adopted by the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The new Shell Race Fuel is 100% renewable, using second-generation ethanol combined with a proprietary blend of non-fossil fuel. The ethanol is derived from sugarcane waste and is blended with another waste-based renewable component to create race fuel that meets the demanding needs of INDYCAR engines. Shell developed this fuel as a drop-in replacement with identical performance and durability. “It’s an honor to be a part of the Louis Schwitzer Award selection committee and have the chance to take a deep dive into the engineering teams that bring NTT INDYCAR SERIES innovations to life,” said James Wood, chief engineer at BorgWarner’s Noblesville, Indiana, facility.

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