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World's first wooden sports car unveiled
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11:10, February 21, 2008

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A U.S. design company has created the world's first wooden supercar, which would put both Porsche and Lamborghini in the shade with a staggering top speed of 240 mph, media reported Thursday.

A U.S. design company has created the world's first wooden supercar "Splinter." (Xinhua Photo)

The 4.6 meter-long, two-seater "Splinter" car, made from maple, plywood and MDF, has a 4.6 liter V8 petrol engine and a six-speed gearbox.

It weighs 1,134 kilograms -- 240 kilograms less than the lightweight Porsche 911 GT3. Despite its power, it will achieve 20 mpg, according to its designer, Joe Harmon, 27.

"Wood is a truly amazing material to work with," Harmon said.

"It has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than aluminium or steel, and it possesses a versatility that makes many different types of construction techniques possible."

The car is due to hit the road later this year. The design company, Joe Harmon Design, has not yet decided on a price for the supercar.


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