The Porsche That’s Made Of Cardboard

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With a top speed of 10mph (if you pedal very hard) this shiny gold Porsche may not enjoy the usual performance of a supercar.

But Austrian Johannes Langeder, 48, is still delighted with his life-sized pedal-powered eco-friendly car, which cost €13,000 (£11,000) to build.  

This week he took the car out for its first trip around the city of Hamburg, in northern Germany and pointed out that not only is it the quietest vehicle on the road, it also has zero emissions, making it the most environmentally friendly Porsche ever.

‘It has 24 gears which is pretty impressive, and at the end of the day I am finally driving around in a Porsche,’ he said.  

With a top speed of 10mph (if you pedal hard) this shiny gold Porsche may not enjoy the usual performance of a supercar. But Austrian Johannes Langeder, 48, is still delighted with his life-sized pedal-powered eco-friendly car, which cost ¿13,000 (£11,000) to build

With a top speed of 10mph (if you pedal hard) this shiny gold Porsche may not enjoy the usual performance of a supercar. But Austrian Johannes Langeder, 48, is still delighted with his life-sized pedal-powered eco-friendly car, which cost £11,000 to build.

Special features inside the two-seat vehicle 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 car's base is made of steel-frame but the rest of the vehicle is made of plastic tubes, aluminium foil and rolls and rolls of tape

The car’s base is made of steel-frame but the rest of the vehicle is made of plastic tubes, aluminium foil and rolls and rolls of tape

Unlike its mechanical counterpart which costs £129,950 and does 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, the model does not have a twin-turbo or produce 450bhp from a 3.6-litre air-cooled flat-six engine

Unlike its mechanical counterpart which costs £129,950 and does 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, the model does not have a twin-turbo or produce 450bhp from a 3.6-litre air-cooled flat-six engine

It is entirely man-powered - thanks to a bicycle fitted underneath the hood and can reach a top speed of 10mph

It is entirely man-powered – thanks to a bicycle fitted underneath the hood and can reach a top speed of 10mph

And with its extra quiet engine his Ferdinand GT3 RS Porsche also attracts plenty of attention from the police, who stopped him on at least one occasion to give the car a thorough check before ruling the paperwork was in order, and allowing it to carry on

And with its extra quiet engine his Ferdinand GT3 RS Porsche also attracts plenty of attention from the police, who stopped him on at least one occasion to give the car a thorough check before ruling the paperwork was in order, and allowing it to carry on

This gold-coated car is Mr Langeder's first creation - after this he made a custom-made Fahrradi Farfall FFX

This gold-coated car is Mr Langeder’s first creation – after this he made a custom-made Fahrradi Farfall FFX

 'I wanted to build a car that accords with my idea of future. There are no original parts,' says the creator

 ‘I wanted to build a car that accords with my idea of future. There are no original parts,’ says the creator

Mr Langeder  said: 'It is treated like a bicycle by the law and I wanted to show that a car needed no fuel'

Mr Langeder said: ‘It is treated like a bicycle by the law and I wanted to show that a car needed no fuel’

Mr Langeder is very proud of his creation that weighs just 99.6 kilograms and is considerably cheaper than the real version 

Mr Langeder is very proud of his creation that weighs just 99.6 kilograms and is considerably cheaper than the real version

The car is even fitted with brake lights which are activated when the driver needs to stop 

The car is even fitted with brake lights which are activated when the driver needs to stop on the road – albeit at a slow speed

Mr Langeder decided to build the Porsche when he realised it was legal to 'drive' the pedal-powered car on Austrian roads

Mr Langeder decided to build the Porsche when he realised it was legal to ‘drive’ the pedal-powered car on Austrian roads

The car is covered in gold aluminum foil  -  it took Mr Langeder 1,000 hours over six months to build the car 

The car is covered in gold aluminum foil  –  it took Mr Langeder 1,000 hours over six months to build the car

The motor also has the ability to reverse, but only in the same way that Fred Flintstone manages it - by putting his finger on the floor and pushing backwards

The motor also has the ability to reverse, but only in the same way that Fred Flintstone manages it – by putting his finger on the floor and pushing backwards

'Most car drivers need a second look before they realise it is technically a bicycle.&nbsp;<br />
'Most of them are very enthusiastic and get their cameras out,' he explained&nbsp;

‘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,’ he explained

Mr Langeder shows off his car in the streets of Hamburg, although he is considerably slower than other road-users&nbsp;

Mr Langeder shows off his car in the streets of Hamburg, although he is considerably slower than other road-users

'You are no enemy to other road users and the slowness is a kind of luxury' said the artist&nbsp;

‘You are no enemy to other road users and the slowness is a kind of luxury’ said the artist

'The most impressive feature is its extreme slowness - everyone on the street is faster than you,' he said&nbsp;

‘The most impressive feature is its extreme slowness – everyone on the street is faster than you,’ he said

Mr Langeder originally from the northern Austrian city of Linz built the car in 2010 and it has since notched up plenty of mileage

Mr Langeder originally from the northern Austrian city of Linz built the car in 2010 and it has since notched up plenty of mileage.

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