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This Wooden Supercar Is No Joke

Look at all of that wood!

With cars becoming safer and more integrated withtechnology, it’s hard to find automakers like Morgan, who builds ash wood frames for its cars. However, it seems that there is another car like a Morgan. Called the Splinter, the wooden supercar was recently unveiledat the 2015 Essen Motor Show and it uses so much wood that it makes Morganquiver away with embarrassment. The entire car is made of the renewablematerial! The one-off, built by Joe Harmon, an industrial designer from NorthCarolina, was created as a university project.

It was inspired by the all-wooden Havilland Mosquito, an all-wooden World War II airplane. The bodywork consists of bent and laminated woven cherry skins and tessellated end-gran balsa core. The chassis is a wooden monocoque, the suspension is made of wooden unequal A-arms with height adjustable shocks and air-bag springs, but it's the engine that makes the car extra special. It’s a 600 hp, 7.0-liter aluminum V8 that sits in the middle of the car, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. If you want to see this wooden masterpiece, get yourself down to the Essen Motor Show.

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