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Following the recent turmoil in Formula 1 arising from the high costs of running competitive motor racing teams, and doubts in sponsor’s minds over the commercial value of their involvement, the viability of motor racing is being critically questioned.

With this in mind the Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (WIMRC), part of Warwick University, are seeking to prove to the motor industry that it is possible to build a competitive racing car using environmentally sustainable components.

The new WorldFirst race car is a clever piece of lateral thinking.  It is the first Formula 3 racing car designed and made from sustainable and renewable materials, putting the world first by effectively managing the planet’s resources.

The WorldFirst F3 racing car is sponsored by the Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (WIMRC).

This project comes at a time when the global economic downturn continues to make an increasing impact on consumers and companies alike.  In particular this is causing the automobile industry to re-evaluate the cost/benefits available from motor sport involvement.  Consequently, both motor racing and automotive manufacturers are increasingly looking towards innovative solutions to maximise return on investment.  Very relevant  at a time when the motor industry has to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable while avoiding any compromises in performance.

Having anticipated this scenario, WIMRC conceived a project intended to prove to the industry that it is possible to build a competitive racing car using environmentally sustainable components through the use of the latest research outputs.

Not only is the car made of plants it can also run on them and at an amazing 125mph!  The fuel used to run the car made from a mix of chocolate and waste vegetable oil apparently.  The body is made of potatoes, the steering wheel is carrots, and the car is powered by fuel based on chocolate.  Beyond natural materials the car also makes use of recycled plastic from bottles and scrap recycled carbon fibre for the engine cover and damper hatch.  The car also has a groundbreaking oxygen generating catalyst on the radiators that cleans the air as the car moves, a seat made from flax fibre shell, soybean oil foam and recycled polyester, plant oil based lubricants and recyclable livery and sustainable branding.  (All links open in a new window.)