Ever since it made its debut in Daytona last week, the new 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car has been making waves in the automotive industry due to the sizable bump in speed to a whopping 425 horsepower from just 385 in the last model.
Weighing in at just 2910 pounds, the new Cayman GT4 Clubsport will also be sure to turn heads in the hemp industry as it features bodywork made from a fibrous mix of flax and hemp that Porsche notes as having “similar properties to carbon fiber in terms of weight and stiffness.”
With a price tag over $200,000 USD, this car costs about as much it does to buy a small licensed grow facility in Oregon, which is just a bit out of the average person’s price range. With the recent passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, maybe more car companies will look towards hemp-based materials as an affordable and readily available alternative to steel and aluminum.
Canada-based Motive Industries Inc., which was already supposed to have “thousands of its hemp-mobiles on the road” by now failed to deliver its $25,000 Kestrel model to the world, and Henry Ford’s hemp-based Model T never made it to production.
Failed attempts aside, the new Porsche gives us hope that more automobile manufacturers will follow in the footsteps of Bruce Michael Dietzen, the Florida man who designed and built his very own hemp sports car.
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