Friday, 20 June 2008

Wooden cars

You might have seen the picture of the Japanese wooden electric car in today's Metro newspaper. Not so stylish you are probably thinking, but some people really like to have a car made from wood - like this man from Ukraine.

Well, perhaps that is also a bit too much for most people's tastes. ...but how about cruising around town in one of these...

If you keep your eyes peeled you might still spot an iconic Morris Minor Traveller on a UK road...or one of the wooden framed Morgan sports cars.

You might be thinking the days of wood for making car bodies are long gone, but you could be very wrong. There is a lot of research going on into natural composite materials that use plant fibres and chemicals (including wood) to make materials that have high performance but also better environmental credentials.