Bloomsbury Sigma will publish Racing Green: How Motorsport Science Can Save the World by Kit Chapman, a "surprising" insight into how science in motorsport extends its reach far beyond the track, helping our world to become smarter and more environmentally friendly.
Jim Martin, publisher, bought world all languages rights directly from the author. Racing Green will be published in hardback, e-book and audio on 3rd March 2022.
The synopsis reads: "We use the aerodynamics of a Formula 1 car to keep our food cool in the supermarket and stop skyscrapers wreaking havoc; we can thank crash helmets and rear view mirrors to keep us safe; and the cutting edge of our future – from autonomous cars to virtual reality – began on the track. With an emphasis on green technology – from electric batteries and graphene to hydrogen power and more, Racing Green is a timely addition to climate change literature. Transport is responsible for around a quarter of our CO2 emissions, and in Racing Green, Chapman explores the future of Formula E, and the smart design that motorsport companies are experimenting with to make sustainable travel a reality."
Chapman is a journalist and lifelong motorsports fan who has previously worked with Virgin Racing’s Formula E team to explore the chemistry and material science of their racing cars. Bloomsbury Sigma published his debut Superheavy in 2019.
He commented: "As the recent Extinction Rebellion protest at the Dutch Grand Prix highlighted, climate change is the greatest threat humans have ever faced. Transport is responsible for around a quarter of our CO2 emissions, and we need to embrace solutions to prevent a global catastrophe. We can't afford to wait.
"But new technologies need a test bed where rival concepts can compete, innovations can be refined, and the best idea wins. This is where motorsport, as the fastest R&D lab on Earth, comes in. For 100 years, amazing scientific advances trialled in motor racing have made our lives cleaner, smarter and safer. I can’t wait to share a glimpse of these incredible, unsung breakthroughs in Racing Green, and to showcase where the future will take us. Motorsport has already changed our world; its next challenge is to save it."
Martin added: "I’m thrilled to welcome Kit back for his second book for Sigma. Racing Green focuses on the green technology research driven by motor racing, the most scientifically demanding sport in the world and one that continues to drive innovation, from electric cars and hydrogen power to smarter materials and safer design choices. Kit’s book shows us that Formula 1 isn’t solely about speed – it’s an evolving sport that can help steer the changes needed in the fight against climate change and the battle for a more sustainable future."