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#316029 - 5th May 2009 9:28pm F3 car runs on CHOCOLATE
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Formula 3 racing car which can reach 145mph but is fuelled by chocolate

This racing car which can reach speeds of 145mph is fuelled by chocolate.

As if that’s not bizarre enough, the Formula 3 motor also has a carrot steering wheel, potato bodywork, soybean seats and cashew nut brakes

It uses plant-oil based lubricants and a biodiesel engine capable of running on chocolate and vegetable oil.


Vegetable fibres are mixed with resins to produce strong car parts to withstand impacts and the oils in the chocolate are refined to produce fuel.

The £300,000 WorldFirst Formula 3 Racing Car was unveiled by Warwick University researchers today. They hope it will be adopted by Formula 1 teams such as McLaren and Ferrari in the future.

The WorldFirst team want racing chiefs to change the rules so they can compete in championship races next season.
The engine fails to meet current regulations because of its unusual fuel.


A team spokesman said: “We hope the Formula 1 teams will see that an environmentally friendly car is not necessarily a slow car.
“We expect our new materials to be used by the Formula 1 cars of the future.”

Project manager James Meredith added: "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.

"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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#316033 - 5th May 2009 9:29pm Re: F3 car runs on CHOCOLATE [Re: _Ste_]
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Ace, cashew nut brakes, they must be expensive omg
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#316043 - 5th May 2009 9:36pm Re: F3 car runs on CHOCOLATE [Re: _Ste_]
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#316058 - 5th May 2009 9:56pm Re: F3 car runs on CHOCOLATE [Re: ]
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They seen my comment and put this up for me grin
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#316079 - 5th May 2009 10:23pm Re: F3 car runs on CHOCOLATE [Re: _Ste_]
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This a late april fools joke????
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#316469 - 6th May 2009 5:41pm Re: F3 car runs on CHOCOLATE [Re: RUDEBOX]
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Nope, its entirely real smile

I prefer good old polluting race cars to be honest, the smell of burning petrol will be a more manly, and nicer smell than burning cocoa bean oils. Its a good idea, but stupid at the same time.

Cars are made from fibreglass, Kevlar, Carbon Fibre etc for a purpose. I doubt Potato will have the same properties as those speciifc composites.
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#316488 - 6th May 2009 6:53pm Re: F3 car runs on CHOCOLATE [Re: MGCraig]
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I agree with Craig, there nothing like the smell of burnt rubber, fuel and that abused race engine smell in the morning to wake you up.
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