Who said that wood cannot be used in a high-performance supercar? Definitely not Joe Harmon.
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Eight years ago, Harmon started the wooden car project as a graduate student at North Carolina State University. He spent five years in all to manufacture Splinter, the drivable wooden car, with the other years spent to work as an industrial designer and wood worker.
The badass wooden machine is almost entirely made of wood – except for its Chevrolet LS7 engine, drive train, gauges, fasteners, tires and rims. Other critical non-wood parts are the six-speed manual transmission, and six-piston caliper brakes up front and two-piston calipers in the rear.
Splinter Supercar (Source: Joe Harmon Design)
Lots of glue were involved in the making of this car, including epoxy, urethane, urea formaldehyde, and polyvinyl acetate.
In theory, the 3,000-lb wooden car can speed up to 240 mph or 386 km/hr and can kick out a claimed 700 bhp or 522 kW. But it was never proved to reach such feats yet.
It has been Harmon’s dream to design and build his own car since he was a kid, but wanted to have some spice with his work so he chose his dream car to be madeof wood.