Finding out something amazing or best to say ‘crazy’ is always my passion. But this time I was looking for something really different and unique, ‘crazy cars’ and I found some which matched my thought. And the part that caught my attention was the constituent of cars. These were crazy materials. You can find wood to edible that can make you drool to puke.
It is different from making a dish by mixing all vegetables to make a unique recipe but here it is done for the sake to make unique cars. These cars are made from seaweed, cakes, soya beans, mushrooms and even dandelions.
They are not delicious but yet crazy and unique…Let’s find out more.
Seaweed: Toyota 1/x
Generally, Seaweed is used as food and medicine but this time it is used to form a car. Toyota used seaweed to design futuristic concept model’s exterior and calls the kelp-derived material Ecological Plastic. The size of the car is similar to its price but the weight is 66 percent less than Toyota’s popular hybrid sibling. Thanks to the EP’s lightweight structure.
Its name defines its quality 1/X (pronounced “one-Xth”). It envisages a hybrid-powered car of the future with a fraction of the environmental footprint of today’s cleanest cars.
Eco wool and sisal: Lotus Elise
Lotus, one of the well-known car brands in the auto industry, revealed the Eco Elise project to promote a different perspective on “green”. As you can understand it’s not made up with edible material, it’s eco wool which delivers durability. The company approached this holistic project to keep its culture in progress. The car was made with materials including eco wool, hemp, and sisal, for body panel and trim. And its hi-tech water based paint solutions help to showcase new affordable green technologies.
After implementing the Elise, the company is hoping to develop a recyclable resin in the near future. The roof of the car features solar panels to charge its electric systems. Sisal is used for the carpet while, the seat covers are made from biodegradable wool.
Spandex fabric: BMW Gina
Now, it’s time for fabric not to wear but to make another car. BMW manufactured stretchable, flexible water resistant translucent man-made fabric skin, polyurethane-coated Spandex, which is resilient and durable. One good quality of the fabric is that it will never shrink or swell and can resist high and low temperature, plus its fabric will never be damaged by movement.
Even more, it will allow the user to change its shape according to the exterior conditions and speeds. The car is formed over an Aluminium wire structure, the frame is moveable and fabric stretched over it. Those points where movement is needed (ducts, door openings, spoiler) company has used flexible carbon struts. Fabric makes it lighter and potentially lowers the costs.
If you go back in the history, people were using the wooden cart to travel and this time again you can drive a wooden car. The concept of Splinter came alive to build mid-engine high-performance supercar from wood composites, wherever possible. Wood has been used to make body, chassis, wheels and a large part of the suspension.
The company targeted to build a powerful vehicle with 700bhp horsepower by 4.6 liters turbocharged V8 unit plus the weight of 2500lbs. It is faster than Lamborghini and Porsche, meaning it is world’s first wooden supercar. This can reach up to 240mph and weight of the car is around 1134kg only.
Food: WorldFirst F3 race car
I can only think to eat chocolate but it could be shocking a ‘chocolate powered car’. Not only this, WorldFirst F3 race car is made out of vegetables.
Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre successfully completed their ambitious project. James Meredith led the project of making a racing car out of eco-friendly and renewable materials. The steering wheel of the car is made from carrot; seat is made out of soybean, potato starch for the front wing and has put up a biodiesel engine. Top speed of the car is 125mph plus it features the capability to clean the air as it drives with its revolutionary emission destroying catalyst.
Did you find it funny? It can be funny but not edible yet useful.
Cake: Skoda Fabia
Now eat the cake to meet Skoda Fabia, yes finally you can eat a car. The company made a 60 sec commercial that reportedly cost around £500,000. The commercial shows a team of bakers, model makers, and home economist as they set about to form an edible version of Fabia.
To make this cake car they used 100 kg wheat flour, 90 kg brown sugar paster, 40 kg black sugar paste, 50 kg white sugar paste, 100 kg caster sugar, 10 kg white chocolate chunks, 1 kg Angeliques, 3 kg orange peel strips, 12.5 kg raspberry jam, 20 kg glacier cherries, 30 kg brown almonds, 20 kg raisins, 5 kg cacao powder, 42 kg chocolate fudge, 25 kg dried apricots, 180 fresh eggs, 180 kg orange sugar paste, 200 kg cake margarine sun cup, 270 kg icing sugar atlas, and 40 kg mil calets.
Later the company distributed this cake to local schools and hospitals. So, next time whenever you eat a slice of cake, remember Fabia.