Talk about hot chocolate.
A team of British engineers have designed a car that not only runs on a fuel derived from the tasty treat, but is largely constructed from parts derived from vegetables.
The steering wheel of the open-cockpit car is constructed from carrot fibers, the foam in the seats from soybeans, and the rear view mirrors and body panels produced from the starch of potatoes. Even the brakes are based on cashew nut shells.
The World First Racing team from Warwick University says the car is 95 percent biodegradable and mostly conforms to the regulations of the international Formula 3 racing series. It has a BMW turbodiesel engine that is capable of propelling it to speeds approaching 150 mph and can run on any type biodiesel, but for the purposes of the $200,000 project the designers chose chocolate as the basis of the renewable fuel.
Unfortunately, you won't be seeing it on track anytime soon. Current Formula 3 regulations do not allow the use of biodiesel in competition, even though diesel is widely used in Europe and has become a popular motorsport fuel in recent years. The last three runnings of the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans were won by a turbodiesel Audi.
Until the rules change, maybe the engineers can cheer up by eating some of the leftovers.