Scientists unveil chocolate-fueled race car

May 05, 2009 By MEERA SELVA , Associated Press Writer
This undated photo made available in London Tuesday May 5, 2009, by the University of Warwick, shows a formula 3 racing car - the WorldFirst Formula 3 racing car - which is powered by chocolate, has a steering wheel made out of plant-based fibres derived from carrots, has bodywork made from potatoes, and can still do 125mph. The race car was designed and made from sustainable and renewable materials. The car meets all the Formula 3 racing standards except for its biodiesel engine which is configured to run on fuel derived from waste chocolate and vegetable oil. Pictured with the car are it's creators Dr Kerry Kirwan, Left, Dr Steve Maggs, centre, and Dr James Meredith. (AP Photo, University of Warwick, ho)

(AP) -- Scientists unveiled on Tuesday what they hope will be one of the world's fastest biofuel vehicles, powered by waste from chocolate factories and made partly from plant fibers.

Its makers hope the racer will go 145 mph and give manufacturers ideas about how to build more ecologically friendly vehicles.

The runs on vegetable oils and waste that has been turned into . The steering wheel is made out of plant-based fibers derived from carrots and other root vegetables, and the seat is built of flax fibre and foam. The body is also made of plant fibers.

Scientists at the University of Warwick say their car is the fastest to run on biofuels and also be made from biodegradable materials. It has been built to Formula 3 specifications about the car's size, weight, and performance.

Their claims cannot be independently verified.

They hope it can reach speeds of over 145 mph when it is tested on a racetrack in a few weeks time. They have driven it at around 60 mph and are now making final adjustments to the engine before driving it at top speed.

Warwick's project manager James Meredith said their model shows that it is possible to build a fast, efficient, environmentally friendly car.

The car, named the "WorldFirst Formula 3 racing car," will go on display at several races including the European Grand Prix and Britain's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Explore further: In Vermont, a milestone in green-energy efforts

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

80-mph electric car to go on sale this summer in the US

May 08, 2008

Green Vehicles, a company based in San Jose, California, has recently revealed that it will begin selling two lithium-ion-powered electric vehicles early this summer. The three-wheeled TRIAC is a highway-capable ...

Green machine drives for ultra fuel savings

Apr 19, 2005

This is what cars of the future or at least a family’s second car should look like, according to University of Queensland students. It's called the UltraCommuter - a clean, light, solar-electric concept car ...

Software patch makes car more fuel-efficient

Feb 28, 2007

A car wastes energy almost continuously. Whether it is running in first, second, or a higher gear, there is only one position of the accelerator that guarantees optimal performance. Accelerating a little less or a little ...

Car Buyers Say Silence Isn't Golden

Jul 12, 2005

The technology improvements that are giving us ever quieter cars are not proving popular with many car drivers. Car manufacturers now want to restore to the inside of a car the sounds their customers want ...

Recommended for you

Toyota, Grenoble set stage for test in ride-sharing

Sep 14, 2014

Toyota is testing ride-sharing. As simple as that may sound, the experiment indicates an innovative model for the future of urban transportation. The Grenoble metro area could turn out to be the trial stage ...

Sparks fly as Di Grassi wins first electric race

Sep 14, 2014

A spectacular crash at the last corner that ended leader Nicolas Prost's race and sent ex-F1 driver Nick Heidfeld flying into the fencing gave Brazil's Lucas di Grassi victory in the first ever Formula E ...

First electric car race to zoom off on Saturday

Sep 12, 2014

Formula E will be a laboratory for new technology, according to motor sport great Alain Prost, while Bruno Senna said drivers will face a "lottery" when electric car racing kicks off in Beijing Saturday.

User comments : 3

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Lord_jag
not rated yet May 06, 2009
Great! Just what we need to make chocolate more expensive!
denijane
not rated yet May 07, 2009
This is not a car, it's a cake :) But if we must be serious, I think this is a good example of what can be done with the tons of organic waste every city produces. I hope it works well...
Ookami
not rated yet Jun 02, 2009
science in the news