The musician starts for the “Four Motors” team of ex-DTM driver Thomas von Löwis. The aim is to make motorsport more sustainable and to promote the development of the emission-free automobile. “Sounds absurd, like non-alcoholic beer,” jokes Smudo. “Of course we don’t protect the climate by driving in circles here!”
But the project still has a strong impact. The Porsche Cayman GT4 is filled with E20 fuel to which 20 percent sustainably produced bioethanol is added. “This is incredibly effective, because 20 percent less CO2 and even 60 percent less particulate matter are produced,” explains Smudo.
And with the Porsche, the team shows what is possible in terms of environmental protection. The lightweight components are made from natural bio-fibers and when it comes to lubricants, “Four Motors” relies on refined engine and transmission oil, which reduces CO2 emissions during production by up to 80 percent. “The dirt comes out and we can actually use the oil in the engine again,” says Smudo proudly. “So there is no need to produce new oil.”
The brake pads are environmentally friendly and wear-resistant. One of the latest projects is the world’s first CO2-neutral aluminum rim from RONAL. The production takes place in Germany and 100 percent with green electricity. For the most part, recycled aluminum is used for production. Unavoidable CO2 emissions are covered by a compensation project.
Back on the Nordschleife. Shortly after the Stefan-Bellof-S, one of the fastest sections of the Nordschleife, Smudo can just catch the Porsche. Another car is spreading a slippery liquid on the asphalt right in front of us. “By the way: our bio-fuel shouldn’t be drunk, but it isn’t even harmful to groundwater,” says the musician.
Why the whole thing? “The climate catastrophe is here and we will have to live with it. Nobody wants to do without a car anymore, so it is important to find measures to protect the climate, ”warns Smudo. “It has to be done quickly, but politics is often too slow. On the other hand, we have seen from the corona pandemic that some things happen amazingly quickly under pressure. And that gives hope for the future. “