Kent star "thrilled" to give vegetable car its race debut at Brands Hatch An unique racing car that is powered by chocolate, steered by carrots and built partly from potatoes will make its competitive debut next month, with talented Kent driver...
Kent star "thrilled" to give vegetable car its race debut at Brands Hatch
An unique racing car that is powered by chocolate, steered by carrots and built partly from potatoes will make its competitive debut next month, with talented Kent driver Aaron Steele behind the wheel.
WorldFirst Racing's sustainable Formula 3 car will make its race debut at the iconic Brands Hatch circuit on October 17, as part of the British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC) Formula Ford Festival weekend. Steele, a BRDC Rising Star and McLaren Autosport BRDC Awards finalist, will compete in the BRSCC Cardinus Formula 3 Championship.
It will be the first time the team -- made up of researchers at the University of Warwick -- has been able to show the pace of its incredible 'green' car relative to other racers. Steele proved the futuristic car's potential at a private test in Rockingham -- Europe's fastest banked oval racing circuit -- in July.
The 20-year-old, who lives in Rochester, said: "It's a very good opportunity for me to further my career and it's something I'm looking forward to immensely. The car certainly turns heads and it has attracted a phenomenal amount of interest. My target for the Brands Hatch weekend is to achieve a couple of podiums and from my experience of the car to date, that is definitely possible. The WorldFirst Racing team are an intelligent group with plenty of experience in many different aspects of manufacturing and I'm thrilled that they have given me this incredible opportunity."
The Brands Hatch appearance was made possible partly by G K Salter and Associates (gksa), the low carbon building services design consultants based jointly in Swanley and Bristol, who are generously supporting Steele's racing career.
Geoff Salter, managing director, said: "This car fits in perfectly with our business that produces swift and sustainable building services designs for our clients."
The exceptional WorldFirst Racing car -- the first designed and manufactured from sustainable and renewable materials -- complies with all 2009 F3 rules, except for its biodiesel engine which runs on fuel derived from chocolate and vegetable oil. It can reach 60mph from a standing start in just 2.5 seconds and will achieve speeds of more than 140mph at Brands Hatch.
Dr Steve Maggs, part of the WorldFirst Racing team, based in the Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (WIMRC), said: "As original equipment manufacturers focus on decreasing engine emissions to meet future CO2 targets, the WorldFirst project proves that if you are going to wholeheartedly embrace the 'green is great' ethos, then you have to broaden your vision. You need a strategy that stretches throughout the chain, from the raw materials to the final disposal of the car. The WorldFirst project clearly demonstrates that automotive environmentalism can and should be about the whole package."