This is highly impressive skill.
While the car world starts to accept the vertical grilles on the new BMW M4, there are actually some cars that the Munich-based manufacturer built with buck-tooth grilles that looked pretty good. One of them is the 328 Hommage, although that was only a concept. It was revealed back in 2011, which was the first and last time we heard of it. One man has taken things into his own hands and has recreated BMW's re-creation of one of the marque's greatest speedsters. Like the Corvette we showcased earlier this week, this model is made out of basic wood, only in this case, there's a propulsion method attached.
The woodworker in the video is supremely talented, creating his own stencils for the body and measuring them to near perfection. Using little more than wood and fasteners, plus a generous splash of glue, the artist forms the base, the intricate wheels, the fascias, the grilles, and even the famous BMW badge all from wood.
That wood is sustainably sourced too, as he likes to use material from discarded trees rather than cutting down a living member of the forest. Astonishingly, everything is produced by hand, with power tools only used where absolutely necessary. Even the functioning steering rack is a remarkable feature, and the creation should last a long time thanks to bearings and shafts that look very strong.
While sculpting this vehicle with chisels, a chainsaw, and a grinder would have been impressive enough, the artist has added details like functioning exterior lighting, a rudimentary driver display (although this is connected to nothing more than a power source), and even a "fuel tank" with a line down to the battery.
Here, a little motor has been connected and despite what must be a rather hefty weight penalty, the simple setup is powerful enough to move the car with the artist and his son in it. Furthermore, the car even has a reverse function. If there's an award for the most detailed replica ever made out of wood (and there should be), this car might win it.