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  • 05.05.09

Race Car Made From Vegetables–Fuelled by Chocolate–Goes for a Test Spin

The Internet has been buzzing about the WorldFirst ecoF3 vehicle, a race car made from vegetables that runs on chocolate-derived biofuels, for the past month.

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The Formula 3 car, which can reach top speeds of 135 mph, has a steering wheel made from carrots and other root vegetables, and runs on a 2-liter BMW turbodiesel powered by Cadbury chocolate waste-derived biofuels. The car seat is also made from soybean oil, recycled polyester and plant-based lubricants, and the side pod is made from recycled bottles. The construction of Warwick’s F3 vehicle was sponsored by the racing team Lola Cars along with 15 other partners.

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We probably won’t see the WorldFirst car on Formula 3 tracks any time soon–F3 rules currently prohibit biodiesel cars from competition–but the vehicle is an example of how a sport that burns up gas for kicks can be made just a little bit greener with ingenuity. 

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[Via UK Daily Mail]

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Ariel Schwartz is a Senior Editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine and more.

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