240 Mph Wooden Supercar

I bet you don’t believe me, but it is true! The car presented in the feature images is really made out of wood: plywood, maple and MDF. It is the creation of designer Joe Harmon, a North Carolina State University student who worked with fellow undergraduate designers to create the world’s first wooden supercar.
Harmon declared: “We aren’t trying to sell anything, we aren’t trying to save the world, and we aren’t advocating that everyone should drive a wooden car. This project is a scholastic endeavour in which we are simply trying to explore materials, learn, teach, share ideas and stimulate creativity.

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240 Mph Wooden Supercar

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240 Mph Wooden Supercar

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240 Mph Wooden Supercar

This car power comes from a 4.6 liter V8 petrol engine, centrally mounted for perfect balance and producing 600 bhp. This is linked to a 6 speed manual gearbox, largely made of wood, of course. The 15 ft-long Splinter can easily hit 0-60 mph in just over 3 seconds.

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240 Mph Wooden Supercar

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240 Mph Wooden Supercar

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240 Mph Wooden Supercar

The advantage of the wooden construction is the weight, because at 1,135 kg the two-seater Splinter weighs 260 kg less than the stripped-out Porsche 911 GT3, and will average 20 mpg thanks to its slippery aerodynamic shape. Would you like to buy one?

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240 Mph Wooden Supercar

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240 Mph Wooden Supercar

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240 Mph Wooden Supercar

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3 Comments

  1. DocZayus Said,

    February 28, 2008 @ 9:01 pm

    I’d be scared the heasut from the maniolds would turn the car into a 240mph torch..
    Which would still be pretty damn cool!

  2. DocZayus Said,

    February 28, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

    Holy typos!
    Sorry about the previous post.

    heasult : heat
    maniolds : manifolds

  3. » 240 Mph Wooden Supercar Said,

    March 6, 2008 @ 10:17 pm

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