A Supercar Made of Wood? Introducing the 700HP Splinter
What do you get when you cross a bored carpenter and an over-zealous engineer? No this isn’t some bad joke. The likely result of said mashup is probably something similar to the completely wooden Splinter supercar you see here. The lovechild of a man named Joe Harmon of Harmon Design, the project began in 2010 in bits and pieces (of wood) as a graduate school project while attending North Carolina State University. What began life as a creative school project, has transformed into a real-life, bonafide wooden supercar for 2015. RELATED: See More of the All-Wooden Harmon Design Splinter Supercar
Obviously, the exterior of the vehicle is completely made out of wood. Woven cherry skins, to be exact. But it’s even more amazing when you realize that the chassis is a laminated wood veneer monocoque, and even the front suspension is laminated wood. Who needs carbon fiber?
Though it might sound a little too kitschy, don’t fool yourself, it has the performance credentials to back it up. Under the hood is a 700-horsepower V8, paired to a six-speed manual transmission. There’s no estimates as to how it performs, but we assume it’s pretty well-endowed.
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The Splinter just made its way back to the U.S. after debuting at the Essen Motor Show. As for what’s next for the wooden supercar, we’ll just have to wait and see...