The Build

The Splinter is a high-performance, mid-engined supercar built from wood composites.  The body and chassis, along with large percentages of the suspension components, wheels, interior, and other details have been made from wood.  

 

The chassis is made from a series of bent and molded laminates which were secondarily riveted and bonded together.  A custom mold was built for every component of the chassis, and these components were formed, fit, trimmed, and bonded together to comprise the overall structure.

 

To achieve the compound curvature required by the body design, the team wove strips of veneer into a cloth.  Two looms were designed and built by the team to generate this cloth material.  This innovation greatly increases wood's utility in composite construction.   

 

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Details

Wheel

Engine

Chassis

Body