A spin in Warwick University’s remarkable racing car made from sustainable materials including potatoes and hemp. Built from recycled cars, plastic bottles and off-cuts from aeroplanes, the Formula 3 vehicle has a steering wheel made from carrot fibre and can run on biodiesel made from waste chocolate and stale wine.
The car was developed for “green motorsport” Showcasing cutting-edge materials technologies, the car is expected to reach a top speed of 135mph and can reach 60mph in 2.5 seconds.
Most of WorldFirst’s carbon fibre bodywork started life as aviation industry scrap and plastic soft drink bottles, while the steering wheel was built from the waste of juiced carrots.
Green machine: The Worldfirst can run on 100 per cent biofuel made from fermented wine dregs and waste from chocolate factories
Microscopic fibres from the vegetable waste were mixed with a resin and moulded into a wheel.
‘It’s come out purple, but there may have been some beetroot in there,’ said Dr Kirwan, speaking at the British Festival of Science at the University of Surrey in Guildford. ‘But it’s a lovely shade of purple.’
The vehicle is powered by the stripped-down 230 horse power aluminium engine taken from a 2-litre BMW diesel.
It can run on 100 per cent biofuel made from fermented wine dregs and waste from chocolate factories. Chocolate waste is high in fat – and converts well into ‘green fuel’, Dr Kirwan said.
This film was made from a single day’s filming at Rockingham Race Circuit. James filmed the moving shots from the back of a converted pick up truck.