New Race Car Made of Potatoes, Carrots and Powered by Chocolate

New Race Car Made of Potatoes, Carrots and Powered by Chocolate

It sounds more like a well balanced meal than a high-speed vehicle, but just because the WorldFirst Formula 3 racecar is made from green materials doesn't mean it can't perform.

Developed at the University of Warwick's Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre, the WorldFirst vehicle incorporates a cornucopia of green technologies, including a steering wheel derived from carrots, a foam racing seat that uses flax fiber and soybean oil, a bib made from flax fiber, lubricants based on plant oils, and an "emission-destroying catalyst."

The vehicle even runs on green materials: it boasts a biodiesel engine that has been designed to take fuel that's made using waste chocolate and vegetable oil.

"It's been very exciting working on the project and important for our team to develop a working example of a truly 'Green' motor racing car," James Meredith, a researcher at the University of Warwick and a project manager for the WorldFirst car, said in a press release unveiling "The World's First F3 Racing Car with an environmental conscience." "The WorldFirst project expels the myth that performance needs to be compromised when developing the sustainable motor vehicles of the future."

Details are still a bit slim, but we'll be tailing the WorldFirst green F3 car and will post updates as they arise.