Meet the North Carolina designer who decided to make use of wood composites for making this supercar. The car makes use of 90% wood composites and is known as ‘splinter’. It was shown off at the Motor Show in the city of Essen, Germany on 2nd December 2015.
The concept was a brainchild of industrial engineer Joe Harmon and is on display at the Essen Motor Show. The Splinter started off as a graduate school project at North Carolina State University with the aim of creating a vehicle out of renewable and natural building material.
Varying kinds of wood have been used along with different wood composites ranging from cherry veneer-balsa core body to wheels with rotary-cut oak veneer spokes located inside rims made of walnut. The chassis is also made of wood mostly in collaboration with a series of bent and molded laminates.
The car has not been drive yet, however, it comes with a 7.0 liter small-block V8 that is said to be capable of creating 600-700 horsepower. The engine is not made of wood – as expected – but of aluminum block and heads and stainless steel primaries and mufflers. The car features a long wheel base of 105 inches on a 174.5-inch frame, it has a height of 42 inches and a clearance of 3.5 inches.
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