September 29 2022, Kimpton Fitzroy London
Friday 30 September 2022, JW Marriott Grosvenor
21 November 2022, Hilton London Metropole
What you see before you (if you glance briefly up from this meandering prose) is very real. That is ”Splinter”.
Splinter is a sports car hewn entirely from wood by student Joe Harmon from North Carolina State University (do you think it has a large beer holder installed?). Apparently it should ” when it is completed some time this year ” be capable of speeds in excess of 240mph (390kmph).
”We are building a high-performance, mid-engined supercar from wood composites as a graduate project,” says his website (thinking about it, he should make a wooden computer too).
”Wood will be used where ever possible, including the chassis, body, and large percentages of the suspension components and wheels. The car has a target weight of 2,500lbs and a power goal of more than 600 horsepower. We aren't trying to sell anything; we aren't trying to save the world, and we aren't advocating that everyone should drive a wooden car.”
Before you think that this boy is making wood cool again, he gets a bit geeky ” ”The wheels are made from rotary cut oak veneers, each rotated 36 degrees from the previous layer to maximize grain direction alignment with the spokes. A walnut sunburst was cut for...” ” and on he goes.
So remember the name ” ”Harmon,” although if he burns rubber in this, the whole project could be in jeopardy.