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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 12th 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---7 Chocks away for ultimate in green power A RACING car built partly from veget- ables and powered by chocolate is to make its track debut next month. The Worldfirst --- described as the greenest car of its kind --- is expected to reach a top speed of 217 km/h when it hits the track at Brands Hatch. Built from recycled cars, plastic bottles and off-cuts from aeroplanes, the 500,000 Formula 3 vehicle has a steering wheel made from carrots and can run on biodiesel made from chocolate-factory waste and stale wine. The British Festival of Science heard that most of the bodywork started life as aviation industry scrap and plastic soft drink bottles, while the steering wheel was built from the waste of juiced carrots. 'It's come out purple, so there may have been some beetroot in there,' said project leader Dr Kerry Kirwan, of Warwick University. Any car that has been converted to run on biodiesel can run on chocolate waste. Sadly, the exhaust fumes just smell like normal. DAVID DERBYSHIRE Pseudo sportscar ups airbag safety YOU BEAUT: Holden is hoping to win a five-star safety rating for its entire ute range. AUSSIE ute buyers will benefit from a major safety break- through, with the news that Holden's ute range will carry side and curtain airbags as standard equipment. ''This is the first time a curtain airbag has been offered in a utility in Australia and it will be standard across the entire ute range,'' says Steve Curtis, GM Holden's manager for vehicle structure and safety. ''That's a total of six airbags in every ute . . . the first light commercial in Australia to offer six airbags standard across the range.'' Curtis wouldn't speculate on what the inclusion of the extra bags would mean for the ute's safety rating but it is under- stood that Holden is counting on a five-star rating when cars are tested by the ANCAP labo- ratories in the next couple of weeks. That would give the Commo- dore VE a full-range maximum five-star safety rating. ''We have an expectation of an outcome . . . a good outcome, but it not something we predict publicly,'' Holden's marketing director Philip Brook says. ''The utes will be tested soon and that is when we'll com- ment.'' The program for extra side protection in utes was a two- year commitment for Holden's engineers, with teams in Mel- bourne, Spain and North America involved in the devel- opment. ''One of the trickier issues was packaging for the curtain airbag,'' Curtis says. ''Given the individual structure of the ute (with the cabin ending at the B-Pillar), positioning the inflator was one of the chal- lenges.'' While much of the program testing was computer simu- lated, Curtis says the final validation was through crash tests to ensure correct calibra- tion of the sensors located in the B-Pillar to recognise the impact and deploy the bag. ''In side impacts with poles or high-fronted vehicles, a cur- tain airbag provides signifi- cantly more protection and the probability of survival is con- siderably increased.'' Recently Mercedes-Benz was the first to win a five-star rating for a commercial van after adding airbags to its Vito mod- els, however the ute advance- ment is even more significant given the number sold each year and their widespread use as a sportscar substitute. KEVIN HEPWORTH Hobart Autohaus 23 Barrack Street (Cnr Collins Street), Hobart 7000, Tel: 03 6236 9099 www.hobartautohaus.bmw.com.au AH: Craig Bennett 0409 848 166 AH: Colin Rogers 0439 352 210 12.9.09 All prices are Drive Away. Includes on road costs. JOY IS BMW EFFICIENT DYNAMICS. JOY IS PREMIUM SELECTION USED BMWs. 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