This Japanese Supercar Concept Is Made Entirely From Wood

Almost every component is made of nano cellulose fibers that are much lighter and stronger than steel.

NCV Project

Carbon fiber and aluminum are lightweight staples of today’s high-performance vehicles, but Japan just built a supercar-like concept made entirely out of wood. 

The “Nano Cellulose Vehicle (NCV) Project” debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show and was commissioned by the country’s Ministry of Environment to explore ways of reducing carbon emissions in automobile manufacturing processes. 

NCV Project

Almost every component is made of nano cellulose fibers—plant-derived material that’s a fifth as light and five times as strong as steel, according to Jalopnik—resulting in a body that’s 50 percent lighter than those of standard cars. 

If we’re being honest, the NCV looks way cooler than most products of green auto projects. The coupe’s sporty lines, angular paneling and butterfly doors appear to be influenced by the Lamborghini Huracan, and it’s running on some sharp layered rims with a glistening, chrome finish. The interior boasts kimono-wrapped seats, a glossy wooden dashboard, and flower motifs. Nature, man. 

NCV Project

No details have been provided on powertrain, but given its eco-friendly decree, don’t expect the NCV to run a combustion engine. According to Carscoops, rumor has it that there’ll be a hydrogen fuel cell under the hood that’s good for an admittedly pathetic 12 mph.  

Hey, we did say supercar-like