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The designer built a wooden sports car

Splinter

At the dawn of the automobile industry, the tree was, perhaps, one of the main materials. Today, a wooden car can be seen except in the children’s toys store. To destroy the established stereotypes the team led by Joe Horman, who within 5 years created a modern, high-tech, wooden sports car, took up the task.

This is in full sense revived by the wooden exotica, where the LS7 engine is surrounded by woodwork. Only a few spare parts remained metal parts: drives, sensors, fasteners, tires and part of the wheels.

Splinter

Jo Harmon started the project while still a graduate student at the University of North Carolina. According to him, Splinter is a challenge, the embodiment of his long-standing dream to give wood a second life as an “automotive” material.

Splinter

The uniqueness of the car is that, despite its “woodiness”, it is quite a modern production machine, in large part due to the light, compact, specially modified for this project engine LS7, developing the power of 700 horsepower.

Splinter

6-speed manual gearbox, 6-piston brakes are able to provide safety and “normal” car.

Splinter

Chassis type “monocoque” is made of curved and layered wooden parts, creating a single design. When assembling the model, various adhesives were used – epoxy, urethane, based on urea formaldehyde and polyvinyl acetate. Weight of the car – 1360 kg, speed – up to 383 km / hour.

However, it should be noted right away, Splinter – will soon remain an exhibition item. At least, his tests, moreover, on the marginal regimes are not planned.

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