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Transport»The Eco F3

»Monday, June 15,2009

F3 Veg and Chocolate CarSpeed trials are set to take place this month of an environmentally friendly Formula 3 car which a team of designers has created.

The WorldFirst team, based at Warwick University in the UK created the car known as ecoF3.

Organic materials are incorporated into the ecoF3 construction - the driver's seat is manufactured from soybeans, the steering wheel from carrots and the body frame from potatoes. The biodiesel engine can be fed vegetable oil and choclate.

It's eco-components were explained in more detail in a statement by Dr Kerry Kirwan, a WorldFirst representative, released to coincide with the car's May 5th unveiling.

“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”, he said.

“It also incorporates a radiator coated in a ground-breaking emission destroying catalyst.”
Renewable and Sustainable Materials

The ever-increasing costs associated with operating world-class, high-octane racing car teams is what prompted the car's development. The philosophy attached to it was concerned with highlighting to the racing industry to what extent it was possible to implement renewable and sustainable materials into a practical racing vehicle, and one that, on paper, should be capable of achieving up to 145 miles an hour.

Formula One racing could see similar technology being implemented the car's creator's can foresee.

“We hope the Formula 1 teams will see that an environmentally friendly car is not necessarily a slow car”, a spokesman for the team commented.

“We expect our new materials to be used by the Formula 1 cars of the future.”

For the moment, through, the car’s engine makes it ineligible to compete.

“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 Meridith, EcoF3 Project Manager stated.

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

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