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'Green' racing car set for circuit

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Motorists may one day be looking to find car insurance on a vehicle that is partially made from carrots and that runs on stale wine and chocolate

The "Worldfirst" racer, designed by engineers at the University of Warwick, looks like any other Formula 3 racing car. It can reach speeds of 130mph and accelerates to 60mph in under 2.5 seconds. However, the car's stand out feature is that it is green.

Powered by a diesel engine that runs on biofuel and with a carbon fibre bodywork made from aviation industry scrap, plastic soft drink bottles and a steering wheel composed of the waste from juiced carrots, the Worldfirst will make its Brands Hatch debut on October 17.

The biofuel used to run the 230bhp recycled aluminium engine is made from sources including chocolate waste and fermented wine dregs.

"We'll be disappointed if it doesn't do well," said project leader Dr Kerry Kirwan. "We believe this is the greenest car in its class. It's the first car of its kind built from waste material, recycled material and natural materials, but it has the same performance levels and looks just like a Formula 3 racing car.

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