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December 12, 2016 AT 2:00 pm

This supercar is made almost entirely from wood

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Joe Harmon Design built this incredible supercar made almost entirely from wood!

Wood is our only naturally renewable building material; it takes an extraordinarily small amount of energy to produce and is totally biodegradable. 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. We wanted to push the line on what was considered wood’s limitation as a building material while fulfilling a lifelong dream of designing and building a car from scratch.

The inspiration behind the Splinter was a WWII airplane called the de Havilland Mosquito. Equipped with two Rolls-Royce V12 engines, it was the fastest piston-driven plane of its era, and was made almost entirely out of wood.

The Splinter began as a graduate school project at North Carolina State University and has continued since.

Check out more photos and details of the build here.

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