In the wake of the uproar in Formula 1 that resulted from the prohibitive cost of maintaining competitive racing teams, in addition to the hesitation of sponsors with regards to the business sense of their participation, the practicability of motor racing has seriously been placed under a microscope.
In consideration of these, the Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Center (WIMRC), part of the University of Warwick, is looking into how they can build a competitive racecar with the use of ecologically sustainable materials to show the motor industry that this is indeed possible.
The result, the new World First reacecar, is a brilliant piece of imaginative thinking. The car is designed and created from sustainable and renewable materials, the first in Formula 3 racing, truly putting the world first in its attempt to manage the resources of our imperiled planet.
Nothing like it has been built before making it truly a world first with the successful attempt of its creator to introduce a green and sustainable feature into each aspect of the car.
The main components of the racecar come from plants, including race specific steering wheel made from carrots and other root vegetables, the racing seats are made from flax fiber and soybean oil foam, the bib from woven flax fiber, lubricants are based on plant oil, and its bio diesel engine setup to run on fuel derived from vegetable oil and waste chocolate.
The racecar comes with a special radiator coated with an innovative catalyst that significantly reduces emissions so that it can pass future stringent carbon dioxide emissions requirements, demonstrating once and for all that the green philosophy is achievable to such a level.
The concept requires far-reaching vision and strategy that encompasses everything from the raw materials to the final delivery of the vehicle. WorldFirst has truly created a new benchmark for future green machines. The concept has debunked the idea that in order to go green performance must by necessity be sacrificed. They have proven beyond any doubt that this is not so.