U.K. develops race car powered with chocolate, made with carrots and potatoes

 @ibtimes on April 14 2009 8:08 PM

A new racing car made with potatoes and carrots and is powered with chocolate waste is been developed by the Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre of the University of Warwicks in the U.K.

The university's vehicle, called WorldFirst F3 project has a steering wheel made of curran, a material derived from carrots that is expected to replace glass fiber and carbon fiber. It also has a racing seat made of SoyFoam, a soybean oil-based, flexible foam material. Wing mirrors incorporate materials derived from potato starch, a bib made from flax fiber, and lubricants based on plant oils.

Its diesel engine enables the vehicle to run on biodiesel derived from waste chocolate and vegetable oil, according to the WorldFirst F3 website.

The project's goal is to prove that is possible to make a competitive racing car using environmentally sustainable and renewable materials.

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