Some university students in Germany have achieved what was being conceptualized since long. The vehicle, Rennholz that we are talking about here is powered by a screwdriver. Project participant Jirka Robert Wolff explains that the idea was to create a vehicle that was powered by an e-motor and this success will motivate them to work on many such innovations. This vehicle was made as a part of an effort to enter Hildesheim race held twice a year. The condition for participating in the competition was that electric screwdrivers had to be used in place of high powered motors.
The car was made primarily from custom fabricated plywood with other key components taken from bicycles. Wood was chosen as the main material as it gives a special feel to any concept. The team layered three foams with nine to eleven layers of veneer. This was united to give shape to the chassis. The car is a unique innovative idea and can race to 15mph for up to 10 minutes at a stretch.
Though Rennholz might be having its limitations but this success has given rise to a debate that will end up with the creation of a future car. Thought sharing process has already begun on designing a car that can achieve up to 80 miles per hour. The energy consumption of such a car needs to be worked upon. Safety and durability aspects along with a more practical shape will form the part of any such innovation taken up at a bigger scale. May be few Duracells will be required to power such an innovation on a larger scale in the future. However, this exquisite concept designed by German university students is making waves, motivating innovators to work on such ideas in future.