The Vegetable Car


It has a steering wheel made from carrots, chassis of potatoes and is powered by waste chocolate and vegetable oil. Add edible Wensleydale seats and we could be talking about one of Wallace of Wallace & Gromit fame’s “cracking ideas“.

Except this has actually been developed by the gifted researchers at Warwick University. It is the first Formula 3 racing car designed and made from sustainable and renewable materials and it can still do 125mph through corners.

Dr Kerry Kirwan from the research team said of the ‘WorldFirst Formula 3 racing car’:

“Components made from plants form the mainstay of the car’s make up, including a race specification steering wheel derived from carrots and other root vegetables, a flax fibre and soybean oil foam racing seat, a woven flax fibre bib, plant oil based lubricants and a biodiesel engine configured to run on fuel derived from waste chocolate and vegetable oil. It also incorporates a radiator coated in a ground-breaking emission destroying catalyst. “

Vince Cable recently got a taste of vegetable prowess when he visited the university. He said: “I was delighted to visit Warwick University and experience for myself the type of innovation that will help develop new manufacturing industries.” 

There were some seriously BIG ideas that went into the development of the processes required to make this ‘green’ racing car a reality. We take off our hats, at the All about the Idea HQ, to you all at Warwick.


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