Porsche Aims High With Hemp Bodied Car

Porsche’s smoking hot new race car is the world’s first with bodywork built from hemp. The 718 Cayman GT4 club sport features composite doors that use an organic fibre mix derived largely from hemp and flax that take the place of traditional carbon fibre to reinforce a polymer resin. Porsche say the material is similar in weight and stiffness to a traditional carbon fibre composites and that the organic ingredients used are agricultural by products, making it more environmentally friendly.

Porsche isn’t the first automaker with this sort of idea, however. Back in 1941 Henry Ford built a prototype with a body made entirely from plastic that reportedly used cellulose from hemp, wheat and soybeans in its construction, although the exact formula has been lost to history. Along with the weight reduction provided by the doors, the stripped-out club sport features a 425 HP 3.8 litre flat-six engine, 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, racing seats, roll cage, fuel cell, racing brakes and suspensions place additional equipment for track us. Two versions are being offered: a 150,000-track day model and a competition version aimed at top-level racing that costs $175,000.

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