NCSU Supercar – Wood You Believe

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A car is being designed and built by a group of NCSU (North Carolina State University) students lead by a 27 year old graduate student by the name of Joe Harmon.  But this is no ordinary car.  It is billed as a supercar much like Lamborghini or Porsche, but it is more than that.  This is a wooden car that is designed to go 240 miles per hour.

It is slated to weigh in at under 2500 pounds and use a twin supercharged V8 engine derived from GM’s Northstar.  The expectation is to be able to accelerate from zero to sixty in 3 seconds and still achieve 20 miles per gallon.

Here are some 3D renderings as well as a shot of the car in the process of being put together.  It should be an amazing vehicle.  Thanks Shep for the heads up on this project.

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9 Responses to NCSU Supercar – Wood You Believe

  1. Robert says:

    Wow, that is awesome, but it seems pretty unsafe. Maybe I’m wrong. It seems likely that it will be kep in a museum or show room, so I guess safety may not be a major concern.

  2. Esteban says:

    Yeah, I was wondering what would happen if you crashed a wooden car at 240mph… You might be able to do a pretty nice BBQ with the wreckage I guess! 😉

    Jim, what drove this guys to build it on wood? Is it some sort of proof of concept?

  3. Tim says:

    You guys read my mind – crash safety…

    Maybe Jim’s Garage should do an interview? I can assist with a VLOG if you’d like…

  4. howard says:

    DOES IT COME WITH TERMITE PROTECTION?

  5. Noel says:

    This is the 21st century Morgan? They had wooden frames but the body was steel.

    This is a nice exercise in design and creativity, but that’s about it. Still, it looks pretty cool.

  6. Jim's sister says:

    An interesting project, but what’s out there that’s a viable response to gas at $4.00 a gallon and a recession in full swing? (And when I was in Acapulco this winter, it was $8.00US a gallon there – so all the taxies were VW bugs.)

  7. fictorealidad says:

    Jim’s Sister, you can always burn the car for heat once gas hits over 10 bucks / gallon… 🙂

    They should market that as a side advantage!

  8. markmcchesney says:

    I am amazed. The design work is fantastic for such an unusual project.

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