I think this is pretty neat, and perhaps a glimpse of what our cars will be made of in the future. Notable excerpts below. Article is here.
“A Formula 3 racing car made entirely out of recycled and renewable materials could be a sign of things to come in the automotive industry. At least, that is the hope of some British researchers who have built WorldFirst, an unusual automobile made mostly using recycled plastic water and juice bottles, potato starch, carrot fibers and other materials one normally expects to find in the recycling or compost bin.”
“How strong and how durable are the materials in this car? “In terms of their durability—we are still working on this,” Meredith says. “All the parts we have made to date are still going strong. Natural fibers will most likely have a lower resistance to weather effects as the fibers will absorb moisture if exposed and then degrade. Recycled carbon fiber and glass fiber with recycled resins should have equal durability to standard material”.