It seems that the automotive industry is focused on self-employed cars and clean energies, but that does not preclude a focus on creations whose priority is not only a surprising design but a material. Metal cars? Too conventional for Joe Harmon, who after years of work has built a fully functional wood car: Splinter.
The engineer is synonymous with the effort we sometimes put into materializing ideas, given that this curious car is the result of an eight-year work between approach and manufacturing. Why not, it is not just that instead of veneer carry wood, here we speak of having applied the wood in all possible, bearing in mind also that there is a combustion engine inside ( spoiler: which is not made of wood ).
It’s not just about design
Joe Harmon started this curious project after graduating from the University of North Carolina. As we said, the idea of a wooden car that can be driven has taken eight years to be a reality, five of which have occupied the construction of it. In fact, it already saw the light in the past Essen Motor Show in Germany last December.
The construction was inspired in part by a World War II aircraft
Why a wooden car? The idea worked for several reasons, says Harmon on his website. On the one hand is the inspiration that Harmon had in a Havilland Mosquito, a World War II plane that broke records of speed being built entirely in wood, and on the other hand is that according to the engineer explains, aluminum has a better strength-weight ratio than steel and aluminum.
In fact, although what is visible is what the body would be, the truth is that wood is also the fundamental component of the chassis and even the wheels (not the tire). As we can see, the style chosen is the sporty design, and the doors open upwards like some models of Lamborghini, McLaren, and Ferrari among others.
And the power? As we said, the Splinter can be driven perfectly, with a six-speed system. And Harmon has not skimped on the engine, given that according to Business Insider the car has more than 650 horsepower.
Far from the proposals of the electric cars or freelancers, we discussed at the beginning, here neither there nor will there be a mass production. This is a curious project that materializes after the perseverance of an engineer in making it a reality and in showing that the wood has properties that make it more versatile than is usually thought.
Wood is our natural renewable building material, requires an extraordinarily small amount of its production and is fully biodegradable.
That yes, it would have to see how many trees leaves each car, and by how much in total (data that we do not know). Nor do we know how much it would go on sale, although it is hard to think that the engineer wanted to sell it after eight years of work on it. In Harmon’s head, there are other ideas, we will see if it is also to continue with the wood or see some other change of material so original.
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