“Magnolia stems from that concern [global warming], but satisfies my passion for real cars, too,” said Nesbitt, who has no plans to commercialize the car. He built the boxed steel chassis himself, and then called in Tim George, a renowned Porsche race engine builder, scooter racer and furniture builder from Denver, to assist hand-form the aluminium body.
Moreover, Nesbitt and his friend Max Materne, who helped with the electrical engineering of the car, plan to drive the Magnolia Special from New Orleans to New York to Los Angeles in the next weeks. He seeks to prove the fuel’s viability and raise awareness of natural gas for vehicles along the way. “For now, the object is to have fun. I just want to be a part of the solution and make beautiful things in the process,” added Magnolia’s designer.