Showcased at the 2015 Essen Motor Show, Splinter is the first V8 powered supercar, entirely made out of wood. It was started as a school project at North Carolina State University in 2008 and ended as a great car, presenting the exceptional power of a wooden sports car.
Joe Harmon, the man behind all this has been using wooden parts like laminated veneers, arms and springs, wheels as well as a 7.0L twin supercharged V8 engine. The car is inspired from the Wooden Wonder, ‘de Havilland Mosquito’ of the World War II, which was the fastest piston driven aircraft of its time.
The body, chassis, wheels, interior and even the suspension components were made out of wood. Custom moulds were used for making every component and the car stands at just 1345 kg, providing better power ratio than a normal aluminium or steel made car.
The tyres on the Splinter are Michelin Pilot Sport, fitted on aluminum rims with wood centers. Each wheel uses 275 different parts of wood.