The WorldFirst Formula 3 racing car has been unveiled by researchers at the University of Warwick. The car is powered by chocolate, steered by carrots and the bodywork has been made from potatoes.
The University of Warwick team decided to build a competitive racing car following the recent turmoil regarding the high costs of running competitive motor racing teams. They decided to build a competitive racing car using environmentally sustainable components to show the industry it is possible using current environmentally sustainable technologies.
The car is constructed from a veritable farmer's market of plants and vegetables. This includes a race specification steering wheel derived from carrots and other root vegetables, a flax fiber and soybean oil foam racing seat, a woven flax fiber bib, mirrors made from potato starch, brake pads made from ground cashew nut shells, plant oil based lubricants and a bio diesel engine configured to run on fuel derived from waste chocolate and vegetable oil. The car also incorporates a radiator coated in an emission destroying catalyst and meets all the Formula 3 racing standards with the exception of its bio diesel engine, as Formula 3 cars currently cannot use bio diesel. The team has tested the car to around 60mph, (96kmh), and is making final adjustments to the engine in hopes of reaching speeds of over 144mph, (232kmh). They also claim the 2.0-liter BMW turbo diesel engine can propel the car from 0-62mph, (100kmh) in under four seconds, proving it is possible to build a competitive racing car using technologies that are friendlier towards the environment.
The WorldFirst Formula 3 racing car took the University of Warwick team more than nine months to develop and cost around £150,000. It will go on display at several races including the European Grand Prix and Britain's Goodwood Festival of Speed.