A racecar made from carrots and potatoes and running on Chocolate?!?!
In a sport that values speed and performance above all else, a group of speed loving treehuggers are trying to dispel the myth that performance must be sacrificed to incorperate sustainability. To do this World First Racing has developed a Fomula class race car that takes sustainability beyond the fuel tank with the World First Racer.
Much of the car is made from sustainably sourced and environmentally friendly materials. These include:
- Cashew nut shell break pads
- A steering wheel made from Curran, a carrot based polymer
- Potato starch and flax fiber compenents
- Recycled glass bottle and carbon fiber panels
- Soybean oil foam in the seat
- Plant oil based lubrication
- Wiring loom made from recycled halogen-free materials
Inside, the World First Racer sports a 220 hp turbo diesel BMW engine that runs on a mixture of vegtable oil and waste chocolate byproducts and a radiator coated in a catalyst that turns ozone into oxygen.
The team completed their first track test a little over 3 weeks ago at Bruntingthorpe and reported reaching a top speed of 118 mph. They also reported identifying a few small problems which they plan to fix, hopefully increasing the car's power output allowing it to reach 140 mph at the top end.
There's no word yet when the car will be ready to join the Formula race circuit but it is slated for some demo runs at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K. during the weekend of July 3 and at the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain, in August.