Forget 23 inch rims, forget convertibles, forget blacked-out windows, the upcoming fashion is potato tyres!
Dr. Kerry Kirwan, a researcher at Warick University’s Manufacturing Group (WMG), has designed a motor which really is- food for thought. The 95% biodegradable car, built by student Ben Wood, comprises:**
- Tyres: made partly from potato starch, which creates lower than usual friction with the road, essentially providing improved fuel economy;
- Brake pads: fashioned from cashew nut shells blended to form a resin, which results in less noise that the conventional model and an environmentally harmless brake dust;
- Body: shaped from hemp and rape-seed oil;
- Fuel: made from fermented wheat and sugar beet;
- Oil: from plants.
However, the real shocker is that this car- the Eco One- has proven that “not all eco- cars have to be small and electric- they can be high performance too,”* in the words of the head of communications for WMG. And they certainly can!- The Eco One can reach 0-62 mph in under 4 seconds and has an impressive speed limit of 150mph, hence the desire of WAG to make the car a future fixture on the race track.*
The RAC Foundation welcomes greener vehicles and is hopeful that the motor sports industry can help promote the important environmental benefits to be gained.