Dude, This Miata-Based Roadster Made Out Of Hemp Is Totally Dope

Sports Car

Seriously, you can buy one right now.

It’s not the first time this has been thought of. Henry Ford had the same idea to utilize industrial hemp for the production of car parts, specifically body panels. Ford actually tried this in 1941 but nothing came of it, but this didn’t stop designer and retired Hewlett-Packard employee Bruce Dietzen from trying again and succeeding. The result is the (first two gens) Mazda Miata-based Canna 100 and 130, the Canna Turbo 265, and the Canna EV. Each variant has a body that’s made of pure hemp. The fibers are woven and hardened with resin and then painted.

And, with the obvious exception of the Canna EV, the cars are gas-powered and can even run on ethanol. If hemp ethanol ever goes on sale, that’ll work too. The base 100 and 130 models weigh about 2,200 lbs and produce 100 hp and 130 hp, respectively. The Canna Turbo 265 has – you guessed it – 265 hp and tips the scales at 2,400 lbs. That, according to its official specs, is a weight ratio comparable to the Porsche 911 Cabrio. The Denver Post recently reported that Dietzen drove one of his cars from his home state of Florida to Denver, Colorado in the hopes of attracting investors. Starting price? $42,000. And no, Dietzen doesn’t smoke dope; he only drives it.

You Might Also Like
Why We Really Need Supercars
Why We Really Need Supercars
The Greatest Cadillac In The Past Decade Was A 556-HP Wagon
The Greatest Cadillac In The Past Decade Was A 556-HP Wagon
Ford Mustang Splits In Half In Illegal Street Race

This is the best example of dumb luck you'll ever see.

The World's Weirdest Wheel Designs

Sometimes the most basic customization tool goes drastically wrong...

Jaguar XE 300 Sport And XE SV Project 8 Create Modern Art

Two vastly different sports sedans that share a common thread.

LEAKED: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Revealed At Private Event

This is the first pic we have seen of the supercharged range-topper

All-New Revolutionary Mazda3 Teased Ahead Of LA Reveal

Along with its game-changing sparkless ignition engine.

WatchThe Extraordinary Nissan GT-R50 Being Built By Hand

It’s all about bending sheet metal the old-fashioned way.

Here's How Aerodynamics Make The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ So Much Faster

Take a behind the scenes look at this amazing system.

Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.