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Forget Tesla: The Maniwa Wooden Car is a Real Green Supervehicle

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On December 8, 2009 @ 1:00 am In Green Transportation,TransportationTuesday | 1 Comment

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We come across plenty of slick green cars [1] in our daily treks across the Internet, but the Maniwa wooden sports car [2] takes the cake as the simplest. The vehicle, which was designed and handbuilt by wood craftsmen at Sada-Kenbi [2], is street-legal in Japan.

The tiny supercar has space for a driver up front and a bench in the back for two passenger. Maniwa comes with a handlebar steering system, gull wing doors, and a stereo. It can accelerate up to 80 km/h — not nearly fast enough for highway driving, but at $44,000, the car is a steal. Still, we can’t help but wonder how long it would take before some pranksters defaced it — or just sawed off a door.

+ Maniwa [2]

Via designboom [3]


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URLs in this post:

[1] slick green cars: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/03/honda-unveils-ultracompact-p-nut-car/

[2] Maniwa wooden sports car: http://www.sadakenbi.com/maniwa.html

[3] designboom: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/23/view/8388/wooden-sports-car.html

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