This might seem absolutely ridiculous, but there is actually a car made of cannabis hemp. Retired Dell executive, Bruce Dietzen, apparently spent approximately $200,000 developing what he’s calling the Renew Sports Car. It’s been proven time and time again that hemp is one of the most useful materials on earth, and now Dietzen has taken that to the next level.
At first glance, it might look like the body of an old Ferrari, but there’s no steel, fiberglass, aluminum, or even carbon fiber used to create the body of this funky looking sports car. It’s actually made using hemp fibers that have been woven together and then sealed and finished with as super hard resin. And once it’s completed you have an insanely strong material that makes steel look weak and brittle. It’s reported to be as much as ten times stronger than steel, yet is lighter than fiberglass.
The Renew Sports Car was recently featured on an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage and right from the get go Dietzen wanted to prove how tough this material really is. So he proceeds to bang the hell out of the hood of the car, to the point that he hurt his hand, and yet not a dent, ding, or even a crack is visible. Jay went ahead and banged it a few times and same thing.
Before you go thinking that you’d be rolling around in a car made of weed, Dietzen is quick to clarify, “It’s not made out of marijuana.” He continues on saying, “It’s made out of cannabis hemp. You could smoke all the cannabis hemp you could possibly want and you won’t get high.” The main goal of the car was to produce a “carbon negative vehicle,” which basically means you’re removing more carbon C02 than what it took to create the vehicle, or in other words, it’s really good for the environment.
Dietzen got the idea from none other than Henry Ford who back in 1941 advocated that Ford should build everything they possibly could out of plant material. Which makes sense because that’s obviously going to drastically reduce material costs which should in turn, reduce the overall price of the car. And thanks to modern technology, Dietzen managed to figure out how to make it all work. If this catches on to the mainstream it could revolutionize the automotive industry across the board. He says that it takes roughly 100lbs of cannabis plants to make a car, which sounds like a lot, but when compared to how much steel and other metals used to create current automobiles that’s just a drop in the bucket.
The car featured here has been driven all over the country to different festivals and other events to help raise awareness as well as find potential investors. And he must’ve been successful because even though he poured $200,000 of his own money into the project, he’s only asking $40,000 to purchase one of the entry level cars for yourself. According to the company website, there are three options, the Canna 225, Canna 525, and Canna EV. The “225” and “525” is referring to the amount of horsepower each car will have. The 525 for example, will have an LS V8 under the hood and the car only weighs in at around 2800lbs! The Canna EV can be set up with a few different electric drivetrains to fit whatever your needs will be. If you want it to be slow and conservative with a long range, Renew has you covered. Same goes if you’re wanting it to be a Tesla killer with a very short range. Those are the main drivetrain options, but from what I gathered they will put whatever engine you want in the car as long as it’ll fit.
Could this be the next big thing in automotive manufacturing? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure, it would be a great conversation starter to be able to say your car was made almost entirely out of hemp.