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WARWICK, UK – A racing car powered by chocolate, steered by carrots and built largely from potatoes takes its first test drive on the racetrack this week.
The WorldFirst Formula 3 racing car can do 125mph around corners, say its creators. “On Friday, we tested it around the campus car park, and we hope to get it on the track later this week,” project manager James Meredith at the University of Warwick told TG Daily.
The car meets all Formula 3 racing standards except for its biodiesel engine, which is configured to run on fuel derived from waste chocolate and vegetable oil. Formula 3 cars currently cannot use biodiesel. The team hopes to enter it in some sort of race soon, though, said Meredith.
Components made from plants form the mainstay of the car’s make up, including a race specification steering wheel derived from carrots and other root vegetables, a flax fibre and soybean oil foam racing seat, a woven flax fibre bib and plant oil-based lubricants.
The biodiesel engine is configured to run on fuel derived from waste chocolate and vegetable oil. It also incorporates a radiator coated in a ground-breaking emission destroying catalyst.
“It is a technical demo to try and prove that you can go motor racing and it doesn’t have to harm the environment,” said Meredith.
In future, said Meredith, the team plans to use similar techniques for a range of other vehicles – road cars, boats and even Formula One racing cars.