Eco-Friendly F3 Car To Hit The Track

Flying Carrot in alll its veg-based glory
Flying Carrot in alll its veg-based glory
It might sound like the plot for an episode of Wacky Races, but a car made from carrots and powered by fuel made from chocolate is set to race at Brands Hatch on 17 October.

The F3 car, known officially as the WorldFirst but affectionately as the Flying Carrot, has been permitted to enter an F3 race at the Formula Ford Festival, despite not exactly confirming to the sport's technical regulations.

The engine is a heavily modified BMW turbodiesel tweaked to run on biofuel, while the body uses vegetable fibres (cellulose nanofibres in science-speak) and carbon fibre recycled from the aerospace industry.

The cockpit, wheels and tyres conform to normal F3 specifications, although the steering wheel is made from carrots (no, we can't believe we've just written that either). Of course, in accordance with the time-honoured rules of vegetable comedy, the steering wheel is not orange. "We don't know why it turned out purple," says Kerry Kirwan, a senior researcher on the project. "Perhaps there was some beetroot in it."

Flying Carrot cost £500,000 to develop and has been built by the Warwick Manufacturing Group at Warwick university with the financial and technical support of more than 50 companies, including Lola and Scott Racing.

The idea behind the project is to show that motorsport and ecological thinking can mix. "We want to show that green can be sexy," says Mr Kirwan. "You can still do exciting things, using recycled and sustainable materials."

The driving seat will be filled by 21-year-old Aaron Steele, a well-regarded young racing prospect, and Kirwan is bullish about the Flying Carrot's chances. "We haven't entered to come last," he says.

The Flying Carrot can reach 60mph in 2.0sec (quicker than a regular F3 car) and manages 35mpg at race speeds. Nobody on the WorldFirst project will comment on the chances of seeing the Flying Carrot in a night race though...


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  • havoc 09 Sep 2009

    Nope, not April Fool's Day.


    Mind if I pull up a seat and wait for the puns to start?!?

  • Quattronaut 09 Sep 2009

    Interesting that the steering wheel turned out purple.. carrots used to be purple until they were cultivated to be orange by the Dutch, supposedly to honour William of Orange.

    You also may or may not know (care?)that they are originally from Afghanistan ("Discover the power of carrots" - extraordinary)


    Edited by Quattronaut on Wednesday 9th September 13:15

  • The Wookie 09 Sep 2009

    All that talk about carrots, and not a single mention of horsepower?

  • pantalooons 09 Sep 2009


  • Forbes82 09 Sep 2009

    Not sure why its allowed to race if it doesn't conform to regs and is infact faster accelerating than a standard car... Turns the race into a bit of a joke IMO.

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