Supercars are supposed to be made from light alloys, right? Late last year, we brought you a story about a wooden supercar known as the Splinter. Well it seems that North Carolina State graduate student Joe Harmond is actually making progress on his tree-borne vehicle. The car is supposed to have a 600 horsepower engine and a 240 mph top speed. So if it hits something when at speed, then it may really be a splinter.

There are plenty of jokes to be made, but there is something truly admirable about this car. We should all be lucky enough to go out to our shed and carve out over 200 mph. Besides if you don’t think wood can make a beautiful car, you haven’t seen a Morgan.


Source: Splinter website

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  (1211) posted on 10.11.2010

If you think about it. The Corvette contains balsa wood, fiberglass, and carbon fiber. This just takes it a step further.

  (512) posted on 10.6.2010

I applaud the craftsmanship and effort, but there’s a reason we abandoned wood-structured chassis in the early part of the last century.

  (428) posted on 02.3.2010

I remember seeing this in a mag, I think it’s awesome. An ancient, low-tech material being utilized in a decidedly high-tech way. Still reminds me of a 1920s DeLahaye boat-tail Skiff in a weird way.

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