Maniwa: A Wooden “Supercar” from JapanMay 1st, 2014
If you wish to own your own supercar, complete with a giant rear spoiler, gull-wing doors and a glass engine cover — but you can’t find a way to swing a Ferrari 458 Italia or Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 — why not just build one yourself out of wood? This hand-built beauty was made for the Japanese company Sada-Kenbi by a group of highly skilled woodworkers.
If we want to look at the specs, the “Maniwa” is capable of top speeds of 50 mph, has a fully non-functional rear wing, operational gull-wing doors, mirrors, working headlights, and handlebar steering. The front seat is roomy enough for one and there is a rear bench seat with seating for two. Apparently, it’s convertible only with no option for a ragtop.
This all-wooden car may not be able to compete head-to-head with other supercars, but its certainly more environmentally friendly and is sure to turn heads (maybe not in a good way). Frankly, it’s the sort of sports car that you wooden want to be seen driving.