08 Sep 2009 12:09:10
Recycled car raring to go
A car made from recycled products is preparing for its first race.
A racing car that has been manufactured using recycled goods will make its track debut next month.
The Formula Three car has been built by engineers at Warwick University and will compete in a race at the Brands Hatch venue in Kent.
Carrot tops, recycled drinks bottles and aircraft equipment were used to make the vehicle, while fuel made from renewable energy sources such as chocolate and wine waste runs the car.
The innovative environmental transport project has resulted in a car that has a top speed of 170mph and acceleration quicker than normal Formula Three cars.
Kerry Kirwan, project leader at the Warwick Manufacturing Group, told the Guardian: "We believe it's the greenest car in its class. We want to show that green can be fun, that it can be sexy.
"We're not saying that this is the answer to the world's environmental problems, but it's a step in the right direction."
The race will take place on October 17th.http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/sep/07/green-recyc...