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Cardboard car takes a test drive in Brum

Written by
Shaun Curnow

It may not be road legal and wouldn't fare very well on a soggy morning, but that hasn't stopped a car made almost entirely from cardboard from being test driven in Birmingham this week.

The 'Origami Car', which was first revealed to the public at the Grand Designs Live Show at the Birmingham NEC on Thursday October 8 has been designed to look like the latest Lexus IS and was created using 1,700 laster cut sheets of 10mm cardboard. 

The Origami Car has a fully fitted (albeit uncomfortable looking) interior, functioning doors, headlights and rolling wheels that have been attached to its steel and aluminium frame. Thanks to a small electric motor, it can even be driven – to a top speed of 7mph.


Armed with a 3D model provided by Lexus, a team of five people from London-based specialists LaserCut Works and Scales and Models Company digitally rendered the cardboard 'slices' to form the shape of the car.

Over the course of three months, these pieces were assembled by hand and affixed with a water-based glue. Accuracy was vital as changes couldn't be made once the glue had dried.


The car was driven into the National Exhibition Centre by 'Grand Designs' presenter Kevin McCloud, who said: 'This is the first time I've seen a cardboard car, and driven one, and it's remarkable.'

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