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Chocolate-powered racing car unveiled
Updated: 2009-04-27 15:31

Chocolate-powered racing car unveiled

A racing car made from vegetables and fuelled by chocolate is apparently due to be launched next month.

The interior of the ecoF3 includes a steering wheel made from carrots and a seat of soya beans, while The Daily Telegraph reports that its body is made of potatoes.

With a top speed of 145mph, designers from Warwick University's WorldFirst team mixed vegetable fibres with resins to produce the car parts. However, its engine does not currently comply with F1 regulations because of the unusual fuel, produced by refining oils in chocolate.

"We hope the Formula 1 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 1 cars of the future."