Jan 04, 2012— read in full
Food-fuelled racing car
With a steering wheel made from carrots and a body made from potatoes, the ecoF3 may sound more like a meal on wheels than a racing car.
Thanks to an innovative design by engineers at Warwick University, this unusual vehicle is in fact the first Formula 3 racing car to be made from sustainable and renewable materials.
Bizarrely, the world’s first environmentally-friendly racing car is powered by chocolate and vegetable oil and can reach speeds of up to 145mph.
Vegetable fibres are mixed with resins to produce the car parts and the oils in the chocolate are refined to produce fuel.
The Worldfirst team, which designed the odd vehicle believe it could be the future of transport. At present it cannot be adopted by Formula 1 teams like McLaren and Ferrari because of its unusual fuel. However, the team hopes racing chiefs will change the rules so they can compete in races next season.
A team spokesman said: "We hope the Formula 1 teams will see that an environmentally-friendly car is not necessarily a slow car.
"We expect our new materials to be used by the Formula 1 cars of the future."