Grow your own race car

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Grow your own race car

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This race race sounds tasty… Well, some of it.

If you thought motor-racing was all about petrol-heads and champagne, WMG students at the University of Warwick will make you think again.

Eco One is an environmentally-friendly race car with a difference: its shell is made from hemp, the tyres made from potatoes and the brake pads made from cashew nut shells. It also runs entirely on bio-fuels and bio-lubricants.

But its green credentials don’t hold it back on the track. Designed originally with a top speed of 125mph, project manager Ben Wood has ‘tweaked’ the original Formula Student engine and claims he can achieve up to 150mph – given a long straight and a tailwind.

WMG Sends Race Car You Can Grow To Eden Project – [via] Link.

6 thoughts on “Grow your own race car

  1. johnreptues says:

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  2. hammerthumb says:

    I wonder how applicable to the family car this is. In America, the engineering problem for a family car is very different than that for a race car since there are so many government regulations to be met.

    First and foremost you can forget hemp as a building material since it’s illegal to grow. Who knows what the “powers that be” would say about importing the necessary quantities from Canada to do volume production runs.

    I suppose that at the very least projects like this keep intelligent students preoccupied with something other than plotting a government coup.

  3. dhaartman says:

    Looks like it could use a rice-enabled front end alignment.

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