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Inspired by: FP7 » One Formula 3 team uses only biofuel and natural or recycled materials

version: 2 / updated: 2011-01-26
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Originally submitted by: Tuomo Kuosa
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Last changed by: Maurizio Sajeva
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

Theme 2 - Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology

Sub-theme/area of inspiration

Enabling research

Optional reference/s to FP7 project/s

Use the following format: Project Acronym (Project Reference No.). Use commas if more than one project is associated to this Wild Card, for example: ALFA-BIRD (213266), SAFAR (213374), LAPCAT-II (211485)

Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
One Formula 3 team uses only biofuel and natural or recycled materials

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
The WorldFirst Formula 3 racing car drives down the straight of a test track at Bruntingthorpe near Lutterworth, in Leicestershire. The steering wheel is made from a polymer derived from carrots and other root vegetables while the seat is flax fibre shell, soy bean oil foam and recycled polyester fabric. Cars powered by chocolate, steered by carrots with drivers sitting on soybean oil foam seats - it's motor racing's cheap, cheerful and environmentally-friendly series of the future. The biodiesel WorldFirst F3 car, designed as a riposte to Formula One's "carbon excesses," is the brainchild of researchers at the Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre, who developed the prototype for just 220,000 dollars. The WorldFirst team insist there there is no need to compromise on performance while at the same time "effectively managing the planet's resources."


biofuel, formula, energy consumption


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The WorldFirst Formula 3 team which uses only biofuels insist there there is no need to compromise on performance while at the same time "effectively managing the planet's resources."

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 new/emerging
very beneficial


please specify
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Level 4: important for the whole world

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)
cultural/religious filters (values, traditions, faith, spiritual beliefs)
economic filters (business/market interests)
political filters (party or ideological interests)
social filters (class, status, education level)

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

Please choose the most appropriate timeframe option(s) to which you would like to provide inputs.
Risks Opportunities
beyond 2050 use of biofules

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Business actors (incl. SMEs) investment in biofuel research
Academic/Research sector research research

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Diseases, health and well-being
Energy security/dynamics
Innovation dynamics

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Improving researchers mobility and career development by, for example, realising a single labour market for researchers.
Developing and funding world-class research infrastructures

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Overcoming sub-criticality and systemic failures
To be subcritical means that the effort in a particular field or subfield lacks resources, equipment or a sufficient number of researchers to achieve a desired goal
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.