Gallery: Forget Tesla: The Maniwa Wooden Car is a Real Green Supervehic...

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

Via designboom


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1 Comment

  1. Save-world February 10, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Interesting, and quite nice design – looks like my kiddo’s car.

    not sure about the environmental effect though. Is the car not heavier due to it being made of wood?

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