It even has a spring suspension and front wheel steering!
We love a good work of automotive art as much as the next guy, and the latest from YouTuber Woodworking Art definitely qualifies. Over the course of about 12 minutes, we're treated to a miniature master class in manual woodworking, as the channel's artist in residence carves out an immaculate, insanely detailed scale model of the 2021 Audi Q7.
When we say "insanely detailed," if anything, it's an understatement. The finished model has an intricate grille with the appropriate number of horizontal and vertical slats, flanked by a pair of convincing-looking inlets; beautifully carved wheels with wooden tires that feature some convincing hand-carved tread; working doors, hood, and rear hatch - the works.
But even more impressive is the model's springy suspension, spinning wheels, and front-end steering, although those things did require some pre-fabricated parts - springs, bearings, and metal shafts - that, admittedly, aren't wood. But most everything else, from the doors to the faux "engine cover" to the (opaque) windows that can actually be slid up and down, is hand-carved using basic tools - mostly a hammer and several chisels.
The result is a stunning testament to good craftsmanship, and perhaps a suitable answer to the question: "What should I do with myself if I have an excess of free time on my hands?"
As you might have guessed, this Audi Q7 model doesn't constitute our artist's first rodeo. The channel features numerous hand-crafted wood vehicle models, from the Bugatti Chiron to the latest Presidential limo from Cadillac - a machine affectionately referred to as "The Beast". Of course, this "Beast" foregoes the usual Kevlar-reinforced run-flats, fire suppression system, and onboard weapons stash, but we imagine the president doesn't have too many tiny wooden enemies, anyway.
It's some of the most satisfying, wholesome car-related content we've ever come across on YouTube, and well worth a watch.