Video of 145mph 'chocolate' car


May 5, 2009

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VIDEO footage of a Coventry-built racing car fuelled by chocolate has been released today.

The eco-friendly motor also has a carrot steering wheel, potato bodywork, soybean seats and cashew nut brakes.

But despite its green credentials the Formula 3 car can do 125mph around corners and 145mph on the straight.

The £300,000 WorldFirst Formula 3 Racing Car was built by Warwick University boffins.

Project manager James Meredith said: "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.

"The WorldFirst project expels the myth that performance needs to be compromised when developing the sustainable motor vehicles of the future."

(L-R) Dr Kerry Kirwan, Dr Steve Maggs and Dr James Meredith all worked on the car

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.

Dr Kerry Kirwan, from the research team, said: "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, plant oil based lubricants and a biodiesel engine 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."

Dr Steve Maggs, from the research team, added: "As original equipment manufacturers focus on decreasing engine emissions to meet future CO2, the WorldFirst project proves that if you are going to wholeheartedly embrace the ‘green is great’ ethos you have to broaden your vision and have a strategy that stretches throughout the chain from the raw materials to the final disposal of the car.

"The project clearly demonstrates that automotive environmentalism can and should be about the whole package."

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