If we told you that the formula race car of the future is powered by chocolate, features a body made from potatoes, and a steering wheel made from carrots, you might say we’ve been reading too many children’s books. However just such a vehicle exists, and it’s capable of carving through corners at 125mph while actually cleaning the air! The WorldFirst F3 race car is the brainchild of the Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre and features a bevy of green features that are set to shape the future of motor sport racing.
The Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (WIMRC) is part of the University of Warwick, and the WorldFirst F3 project is managed by James Meredith. Their goal was to develop “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.”
To do this the team looked at every component of the race car and tried to see if a more sustainable option was available. They managed to incorporate a steering wheel out of carrots, a seat made of soybeans, plant-oil based lubricants and a biodiesel engine capable of running on chocolate and vegetable oil.
Most impressively though, the car is capable of cleaning the air as it drives thanks to its quite revolutionary emission-destroying catalyst. We have to commend the WorldFirst team for thinking not just about fuel efficiency but actually rebuilding the race car of the future from the ground up.
+ WorldFirst F3
+ Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre