Formula 3 Racing Car Runs on Cocoa and Vegetables


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On the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show, we present the Flying Carrot. A.k.a.the WorldFirst, it won't be at the world-famous auto show, but it will be very environmental. Built partly from vegetables and powered by chocolate, it may be the greenest car ever.

And it is expected to reach a top speed of 135mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in less than 2.5 seconds. It is hoped that it will reach 150mph when it hits the track at Brands Hatch. The 250 horsepower, one-seater racing car has been built by researchers at the University of Warwick to show people that 'green' motoring doesn't mean dull.

Here's how it stacks up: the steering wheel has been made from root vegetables and carrot fibres, although surprisingly it isn't orange. "We don't know why it has turned out purple," said Dr. Kirwan, the creator, "There may be some beetroot in there too."

The engine is a drastically re-engineered BMW two-litre diesel engine that runs on chocolate and vegetable oil. "We chose chocolate because it is fatty but also because manufacturers approached us with their waste products which they usually pay to have removed." continued the scientist.

As well as vegetable fibres, aka cellulose nano-fibres, the car contains recycled carbon fibres from the aerospace industry. The seats are made of a flax fibre and soybean oil foam.


Image from University of Warwick

The scientists are making a point about the whole issue of racing cars and the environment: " the WorldFirst project proves that if you are going to wholeheartedly embrace the 'green is great' ethos you have to broaden your vision and have a strategy that stretches throughout the chain from the raw materials to the final disposal of the car. The project clearly demonstrates that automotive environmentalism can and should be about the whole package."

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