British engineers have designed a race car that’s powered by chocolate and is mostly constructed from parts made from vegetables.
The steering wheel of the open-cockpit car is made from carrot fibers, the foam in the seats comes from soybeans and the rearview mirrors and body panels are produced from the starch of potatoes. As first reported by FOX News, even the brakes on this vehicle are based on cashew nut shells.
The car is capable of reaching speeds approaching 150 mph and is 95 percent biodegradable, according to the World First Racing team from Warwick University. It has a BMW turbodiesel engine that can run on any type of biodiesel but the designers chose chocolate as the renewable fuel for the $200,000 project.
Current Formula 3 rules do not allow the use of biodiesel in competition, however, even though diesel is widely used in Europe, and allowed in some other motorsport races.
Oh, well. Maybe someday we’ll see it out on the track. Just make sure not to put a chocoholic behind the wheel.
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