A Florida-based kit car manufacturer is hoping to “save the planet” with a new roadster with a body made from carbon-negative hemp cannabis.
Renew Sports Cars boasts that its hemp bodies are lighter than fibreglass, less brittle than carbon-fibre and completely biodegradable, but they’re proudest of the fact the material is carbon-negative and may actually help “revers[e] climate change.”
That made it the perfect material for use in their new Canna line of sports cars. The Canna is based on a 1990 to 1997 Mazda Miata donor car, with a hemp body styled after a ’50s European sports car (the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa influence is most readily apparent).
While the stock Miata drivetrain delivers 100 to 130 horsepower, Renew has worked out a deal with tuners Flyin’ Miata who can upgrade your basic Canna 130 to a Canna Turbo 265 for double the power, or even a 525-horsepower variant. An all-electric Canna EV, which Renew says is 22 percent greener than an average electric vehicle, is also available.
“The key to saving our environment lies in making everything we need from what grows above the soil, not what’s buried beneath,” Renew president Bruce Dietzen told Cannabis Now. “The Hemp Sports Car is, perhaps, the most iconic example of this maxim that exists today.”
Dietzen is taking the Renew sports car on a cross-U.S. tour this month to raise awareness regarding the benefits of cannabis hemp. He believes up to 75 percent of vehicle components could be made from hemp within the next decade.
The Renew Canna 100 starts at $37,000 plus the cost of the Miata donor; a build-it-yourself kit costs $19,995, not including the donor car.
On Renew Sports Cars’ FAQ page, Dietzen quips that while you can’t smoke the car – “can I smoke it?” is, in fact, the most frequently asked question, he says – that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with the Canna car.
“With some of the high performance upgrades available from our third-party upgrade experts, you’ll probably smoke plenty of other sports cars on the road!” the FAQ explains. “There’s a reason we call it a ‘smokin’ hot car!’”
(Cannabis Now via Reset.me)