May 5, 2009

Race car made of veggies runs on chocolate

A British university team has unveiled a new race car that includes vegetables among its components and runs on chocolate and vegetable oil.

The WorldFirst team of Warwick University said their car can reach 145 mph and includes a body made from potatoes, a steering wheel made from carrots and a seat made from soy beans, The Sun reported Tuesday.

The team said the car uses only plant-based lubricants and the vehicle's biodiesel engine runs on vegetable oil and refined oils from chocolate.

Team members said they are hoping Formula One racing officials will change regulations to allow the car and its unusual fuel to participate in championship races.

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