Timber f1 car

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Project by Patrickk posted 04-22-2013 07:18 AM 8944 views 12 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is the biggest and most ambitious that I have ever undertaken, and to the best of my knowledge it is the only one of this type. It is a 4 metre long formula 1 themed wooden car, constructed primarily of solid wood and wood composites. The main bodywork is made using maple and walnut, and is supported on a steel custom made chassis. The engine is a 600cc yamaha fzr with 89bhp and a six speed gearbox.

Any comments, feedback or interest would be appreciated :-)

-- "There is nothing impossible to him who will try"

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#1 posted 04-22-2013 08:30 AM

Wow, this is really nice. And it has a motor also

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 04-22-2013 08:37 AM

Very awesome sir. Obviously a lot of time went into it.

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#3 posted 04-22-2013 08:50 AM

Ultimate toy
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#4 posted 04-22-2013 09:47 AM

very nice! just out of curiosity, did you use a CNC for the individual pieces? if so, which software program did you use?

Also out of curiosity- whats the top speed?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#5 posted 04-22-2013 10:22 AM

Your car should attract a lot of attention at both woodworking and auto shows and probably other venus as well. You are certain to have a lot of fun with it. Great work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 04-22-2013 10:55 AM


As an old “gearhead” this is really cool. Have you considered doing a blog on this to show the steps of construction? Thanks so much for sharing.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#7 posted 04-22-2013 12:08 PM

WOW! Simply outstanding work. Beautiful, excellent craftsmanship. Must have taken a long time to construct, I echo jackthelab’s question: got a blog on the build?

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#8 posted 04-22-2013 12:28 PM

The hours and commitment put in to a project like this is most likely mind boggling ! How ever, in the end the reward of accomplishment must have you smiling from ear to ear. Very nicely done, hope to see some more of your specialized work in the future. Welcome to L J’s, you should fit in well here !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#9 posted 04-22-2013 12:47 PM

Thanks for the comments. And yes, there was a huge amount of time invested in this project, but it was completed over about 5 months. The top speed would depend on how brave the driver is i suppose, but the engine and gearbox are capable of speeds in excess of 100mph.
Some of the work was completed on cnc machines, but primarily by hand. I used solidworks and autocad for most drawings.
I am new to this site, but if a blog would be of interest I would be more than willing to put one up as i have all work well documented?!

-- "There is nothing impossible to him who will try"

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#10 posted 04-22-2013 02:02 PM

As an ex-mechanic who now does wood work, this would be my ultimate dream project.
I would love to see more.
A blog on the build?
A video of the car in action?
Ever since first stumbling across Splinter, a car made mostly from layers of wood veneer, I’ve been fascinated with wooden cars.


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#11 posted 04-22-2013 02:19 PM

Oh man do I want to drive that!!

-- Doug...

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#12 posted 04-22-2013 02:39 PM

That’s awesome!

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#13 posted 04-22-2013 02:50 PM

beautiful car

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#14 posted 04-22-2013 03:17 PM

That is just Coool !!!!!

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#15 posted 04-22-2013 03:23 PM

jaw dropping!

-- Tony, Colorado, [email protected]

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