Friday, May 8, 2009

One Sweet Ride

Willy Wonka would be proud. The “WorldF3rst Formula 3” powered partly by chocolate is 95 percent biodegradable and faster than a speeding artichoke. Scientists at the Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (WIMRC), part the University of Warwick, unveiled a biofuel vehicle powered by waste from chocolate factories and made partly from plant fibers.

This sustainable soybean sizzler's steering wheel is made of plant-based fibers derived from carrots and other root vegetables, the bucket seat is made of flax fibre and soybean oil foam, and the body was made of plant fibers mixed with resin. Most interesting is the biofuel that's derived from refining oils in waste chocolate and chip fat. You can hear the hear the subtle umpa lumpa, umpa lumpa exhaust note and see the car in action in this BBC video.