The Renew Sports Car was conceived by Key West-based former Dell national sales/acquisitations manager Bruce Michael Dietzen, and is characterized by its composition of 100 pounds of hemp bound by resin, so not only this Mazda MX-5-based roadster is lighter than the classic fiberglass sports cars it was inspired by, but its carbon-neutral body is ten times stronger than that of steel. This is beneficial for the car's performance, which is provided from either the same 4-cylinder engine as the NA Miata donor car or upgrades on gas or electricity to produce up to 525 horsepower with the Canna 525 trim, allowing the 2,800-pound vehicle to rival high-performance supercars at a considerably lower price. Performance details of the other two trims launching with the model include the 2,500-pound turbo four-powered Canna 225, with torque rivaling a Porsche 911's at a price starting at $40,000, more than half of that of a base-model 911, and the Canna Electric, converting the car's fuel into electricity, with the motor turning the car into anything from a unique, humble 80-horsepower commuter to a light electric dragster giving Tesla a run for their money.
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As consciousness about the environment and the mainstream consumption of hemp is increase (where legal for the latter), it is certain that more cars from small manufacturers like Renew may have a similar structure to that of the Canna series, yet Renew wasn't the first as Ford built a hemp-bodied concept car back in 1941, with Renew modernizing the product. Additionally, the company aims to produce carbon-negative automobiles by 2025. $200,000 was invested for the original prototype, which is this unit.
Image date: July 2015
Links: www.thedrive.com, www.cnbc.com, www.renewsportscars.com