Pedal powered Porsche is incredible realistic replica made from parcel tape, plastic and foil

June 11, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

These amazing pictures show the painstaking process of building the world’s slowest Porsche – a pedal-powered machine made of plastic tubes and gold-painted foil.

Austrian artist Hannes Langeder, 45, spent six months and 1,000 hours of manual work constructing the eco-friendly Ferdinand GT3 RS.

The stunning life-size model is named in honour of Ferdinand Porsche, the sport car’s legendary founder, and cost around 13,000 euros (£10,729) to build.

Despite resembling a Porsche 911, it weighs just 99.6 kilograms and is a fine art project currently on show in the Lentos Museum of Art in Linz,
Austria.

Special features include a rear wing and massive air inlets on the front spoiler to help with aero dynamics and ”save the driver from sweating too much.”

The vehicle base is made of steel-frame but the rest of the car is made of plastic tubes, foil and reams of tape.

It is powered by a bike fitted underneath the hood and can reach speeds of about 10mph with a whopping 1MP (man power) when peddling hard.

Unlike its mechanical 911 counterpart which costs £129,950, the Ferdinand GT3 RS does not have twin-turbo, 450bhp or a 3.6-litre air-cooled flat-six engine.

But it does represent a much more economically and environmentally friendly alternative with zero carbon emissions and non-existant fuel consumption.

Artist Hannes had already completed several art bike objects and decided to build the Porsche when he realised it was legal to ”drive” the pedal-powered car on Austrian roads.

He said: ”It is treated like a bicycle by the law and I wanted to show that a car needed no fuel.

”I wanted to build a car that accords with my idea of future. There are no original parts from Porsche in Ferdinand.

”The most impressive feature is the extreme slowness of the BikeCar – everyone on the street is faster than you.

”You are no enemy to other road users and the slowness is a kind of luxury. Most car drivers need a second look before they realise it is technically a bicycle.

”Most of them are very enthusiastic and get their cameras out.”

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