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Viral Fridays: Here’s a Driveable Sports Car Made Almost Entirely of Wood

Welcome to Unbox’s “Viral Fridays” where we feature weirder than usual tech and geek related news to cap out the week.

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Joe Harmon, an industrial designer and wood worker, spent five years making a car out of various wood materials and other components. Well yeah, the car isn’t 100% made of wood, but that doesn’t make the feat any lesser.

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Harmon debuted his car at the Essen Motor Show in Germany last December. Named the “Splinter”, the car is fully driveable, powered by a 650 horsepower engine. Harmon also added that it comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. Dayum.

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The Splinter’s chassis is made almost entirely of wood composites. Its wheels are made of three different kinds of wood: oak veneer, walnut sunburst, and cherry sunburst.
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Harmon’s manifesto is meant to showcase the different ways wood can be used. He notes that wood has a better strength-to-weight ratio than steel and aluminum.

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“Wood is our only naturally renewable building material — it takes an extraordinarily small amount of energy to produce and is totally biodegradable,” Harmon wrote in an email to Business Insider. “With a better strength-to-weight ratio than steel and aluminum, it can be made into a lot more things than people tend to give it credit for.”

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For Harmon’s next goal: “I have some ideas floating around for what I would like my next project to be.” “It’s too early to say what I will do next, but it will almost certainly be very different from this car,” he added.

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Source: Business Insider

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