Porsche slapped some fibrous new parts on a 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR recently, making it the healthiest Porsche ever. Either that or the world’s fastest salad. Maybe both—
The German automaker built the car’s two doors and rear wing out of a “natural-fibre mix” last year, and then added to the collection this year with front and rear aprons, a front spoiler and hood, trunk lid, mudguards and diffuser parts all made from plant stuff.
Porsche says it’s mostly farmed flax fibre on the front and rear, and balsa wood on the doors and rear wing, actually, that’s replacing the metal and plastic injection-moulded parts of the material. Not only are the natural-fibre composites similar in weight and stiffness to carbon-fibre composites, thereby measuring up in the safety and quality categories, but they also can be made using less energy and cash.
Other benefits include the material’s vibration-dampening abilities, which Porsche says is five times better than the carbon-fibre alternative; and the fact it splinters into bigger and generally less stabby pieces in the event of an accident.
Interestingly, Porsche gave the Manthey Racing special Four Motors Bioconcept-Car the number “420” at the recent Nürburgring 24-hour race. You do know what that number means in the plant world, don’t you, Porsche?
There’s no word how the car did at the iconic German track, but if it was received well, Manthey Racing will probably start making and selling the kits. Pretty cool. But does it have to be brown? Because most people don’t want brown salad, regardless of how fast it is.
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