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Splinter, a new kind of supercar

By Yoann Besnard on 19 December 2007 | Commentaires (0) Comments | Permalink

Generally, supercar features carbon fiber material in order to save weight but it's very expensive. So a group of students from North Carolina State University have had the idea to build a wooden supercar. Purpose is to explore the use of new materials in the automotive industry and you won't remain stony-faced.

Dubbed Splinter, the supercar features a wooden platform on which are assembled various components made in part of wood such as the suspension or the alloy wheels. The car is powered by a Cadillac Northstar V8 engine. With the help of two superchargers, it pumps out 600bhp. The team will have to solve the heating problem generated by the wooden body which should reflect the heat back to the engine.


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