Bruce Michael Dietzen builds sports car made from cannabis hemp in Floridaby Richard Bailey 06/05/2016 08:39:00 0 comments 1 Views
- Bruce Michael Dietzen has made his two-seater sports car from hemp
- Each car body is made of three layers of woven cannabis hemp from China
- Dietzen believes each body is ten times more resistant to dents than steel
- The environmentally friendly car even runs on recycled agricultural waste
By Darren Boyle for MailOnline
Published: 12:18 GMT, 6 May 2016 | Updated: 12:39 GMT, 6 May 2016
A sports car made from cannabis hemp could lead the charge in making carbon neutral vehicles
Made from the chassis of a Mazda convertible, the cannabis car is bringing a new meaning to the phrase 'green machine' and could soon be seen on high roads around the world.
The man behind the car, Bruce Michael Dietzen from Florida, hopes his environmentally friendly automobile could help debunk the taboo behind the cannabis plant and its uses.
Bruce Michael Dietzen, pictured with is unusual sports car which has been made using cannabis hemp
According to Dietzen, the hemp which is woven into fabric is ten times more dent resistant than steel
The car uses a Mazda chassis and three layers of woven hemp - which is far lighter than fibreglass
He said: 'Cannabis hemp is still considered a dangerous drug according to the government. It's considered as dangerous as heroin or cocaine - it's insane!'
This green machine is made from three plies of woven Hemp making it lighter than cars made from fibre glass.
The car is also surprisingly strong, Dietzen estimates the body of his Renew sports car is at least 10 times more dent resistant than steel.
He said: 'The body of the car uses about 100 lbs of woven hemp.'
Dietzen was inspired to build the sports car after hearing about renowned industrialist, Henry Ford, using the durable material in 1941 to build the world's first Soybean/Hemp car.
It was also one of the first uses of bio fuel in a vehicle as the car ran also ran on hemp fuel.
Building the cannabis car, however was no easy feat for Dietzen as acquiring the controversial material proved more difficult than he expected.
Dietzen said he had to import the hemp material from China as it is illegal to grow the crop in Florida
The car runs on biofuel which is made from agricultural industrial waste - reducing its carbon footprint further
Dietzen, from Key West in Florida estimates he spent $200,000 building the car the same again in lost earnings
The car-enthusiast said: 'I live in Florida, Hemp is still illegal to grow so I had to import the woven material all the way from China because we still don't have the facilities that can make hemp fabrics.'
The car itself cost the former National Sales Manager at Dell $200,000 to build and a further $200,000 in lost earnings.
It runs on a bio fuel made from recycled agricultural waste and is expected to have a much lower carbon footprint than standard electric powered cars when it goes into mass production.
The former executive is currently working on a Docu-Series entitled: 'Hempsters Cannabis Car Tour' with Producer and business partner, and fellow Cannabis Hemp activist, Diana Oliver of Thunderbird Productions.
Diana Oliver's first film in the Hempsters Doc/film Series, 'Hempsters Plant the Seed,' features Hollywood actor and activist Woody Harrelson and musician and cannabis activist Willie Nelson discussing the benefits of the plant, from its medicinal benefits to its everyday uses for things such as clothing.
Dietzen said: 'Many states are starting to make it legal, it's a really great sign as we're getting back to the point where we're starting to make products out of Industrial hemp just as Henry Ford suggested we should do, we can grow our own Petroleum, Paper and Plastic, all from the Soil'.
The two-seater sports car will have a much lower carbon footprint than electric powered vehicles
From the inside, there is little to tell the motorist about the unusual construction materials used in the car
The car looks very much like a late 1950s open-topped sports car despite its unusual ingredients
Deitzen is looking to put the car into full production with a range of different engines depending on budget