Supercar crafted from spider silk has price tag that defies reality

  • Strong, light, flexible and cheap, spider silk is a wonder material
  • Now one company is planning to build a supercar from it
  • But is its $3 million price tag actually worth it?

Published on Jan 03, 2024 at 8:56 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Jan 09, 2024 at 6:50 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Adam Gray

Supercar crafted from spider silk has price tag that defies reality

Four wheels is taking inspiration from eight legs as a US company is hoping to make a supercar from spider silk.

When thousands of tiny nanostrands make up larger silken ‘cables’, per Science, it’s five times stronger than steel.

It’s also light, more bendable than brittle carbon fiber, and it’s cheaper than carbon fiber, aluminum, or titanium.

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Now a company in Utah and California has a plan to make a supercar out of it.

And while we see a lot of wacky concept cars – this is pretty out there.

Spidey Tek is a biotech company dedicated to the mass production of spider silk.

Using their own cutting-edge research and findings from Utah State University’s Synthetic Biomanufacturing Facility, they can grow the proteins cheaply by infusing it into alfalfa.

After being grown, it’s extracted, weaved into fibers, and blended with carbon fiber.

Their hope is to make 100 naturally-aspirated, V12-powered two-seater supercars.

While we’ve seen supercars crafted from cardboard and a Cybertruck made from wood, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

The supercar’s creator, Roberto Velozzi, is hoping that it will be the strongest and lightest supercar ever – and its $3 million price tag reflects that.

And while they’ve missed the boat for a 2024 supercar launch, if everything goes to plan, it’s hoped the supercars can be delivered in three to four years.

Various aerospace companies and the medical industry are interested in spider silk, too, due to its strength and natural antigen qualities.

Velozzi has partnered with Utah State University’s Dr. Randy Lewis, to apply her findings to the ‘Velozzi Hypercar’.

Velozzi wants to blend spider silk with carbon fiber to make an even stronger material.

These will form the body and the chassis of the V12-powered, six-speed manual transmission two-seater.

“Spider silk has high strength, elasticity, and toughness which is unmatched by most industrial fibers,” Velozzi said to Autoweek.

“Gram-for-gram, certain spider-silk fibers can be stronger than titanium and more elastic than rubber, absorbing considerable amounts of energy before failure.

“This exceptionally lightweight biomaterial is an ideal replacement for, or a reinforcement to carbon-fiber composites.”

He continued: “Carbon-fiber composites maintain their inherent strength and stiffness when blended with spider silk yet gain improved fracture toughness.

“Harnessing this synergy between the high-performance nature of carbon fiber and spider silk will produce an enhanced composite for the next generation of high-performance, efficient, resilient vehicles.”

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Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.