Most of Morgan’s model range still use wooden components for that retro feel despite some obvious disadvantages. At Essen Motor Show 2015 a wooden American supercar went on display and it was not a Morgan, but a Splinter!
This one-off supercar was designed as a show piece by a team led by Joe Harmon, an industrial designer from North Carolina. The idea first came about as a result of a university project with a fair amount of inspiration from the World War II-era de Havilland Mosquito airplane (another all-wood design).
A mixture of bent and laminated wood veneers including woven cherry skins and tessellated end-grain balsa core was used in the bodywork. The chassis is a laminated veneer monocoque fitted with unequal-length upper and lower laminated wood A-arms with height-adjustable air-bag springs and adjustable shocks. And the engine is a monster, mid-engined aluminium 7.0 litre V8 unit packing 600hp.