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Vegetable Car that Reaches 145mph with Chocolate-Powered Engine

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A revolutionary technology was recently applied in a new racing car, dubbed ecoF3, which is made of vegetables and that can reach a speed of 145 mph being powered by chocolate.

This may sound like an April fools' joke, but the vehicle is real and designers look forward to launch the car in May. They hope that the new technology, used in ecoF3, would be borrowed by specialists from Formula One, including such teams as McLaren and Ferrari.

The environmentally-friendly car features a steering wheel made of polymer derived from carrots. Its body is completely made of potatoes and the driver's seat is made of flax fiber shell, soy bean oil foam and recycled polyester fabric.

EcoF3 uses plant-oil based lubricants. Its heart is a biodiesel engine that can run on both chocolate and vegetable oil.

In order to create the car parts, engineers mixed vegetable fibers with resign. Oils found in the chocolate are refined to create oil. Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre is the home of WorldsFirst F3 that includes a lot of green features set to change the future of motor sport racing. It is worth mentioning that The Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (WIMRC) is part of the University of Warwick.

It is worth mentioning that ecoF3 is world's first Formula 3 racing car, being developed from sustainable and recyclable materials.

Having the goal of taking part in the championship races next season, the engineers from the WorldFirst team, from Warwick University, in Coventry, West Mids, want racing chiefs to slightly change the rules, so their car could participate.

Due to its unusual fuel, the vehicle currently does not meet the requirements of the competition.

Probably the most impressing thing about the car is that it actually cleans the air when it drives, thanks to a revolutionary emission-destroying catalyst.

"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," said a spokesman for the WorldFirst team. More information on the project is available at www.worldfirstracing.co.uk

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