Canadian car manufacturer Dorf was left scratching its head yesterday as developers watched in horror as the $1billion Dorf Sumuru cardboard prototype auto, which had taken 30 years to develop, burst into flames after it took on fuel.
The vehicle caught fire immediately gasoline was entered into its cardboard enhanced fuel tank. Technicians were stunned by the failure of the test run, which took place in the scorching heat of the Nevada desert.
"Everything was running perfectly, the cardboard wheels and tires had been checked, the cardboard body had been cleaned and was extremely dry, I have no idea at all why a perfectly normal cardboard vehicle would just burst into flames, in the scorching heat of the desert after only taking on 10 gallons of highly combustible fuel….it is puzzling" said Jaques "Ay" Dumbledick, Dorf's Chief Engineer and the brains behind the concept. "This is a devastating setback for Canada's car manufacturing business and aspirations."
The car was constructed with over 280 used cardboard boxes that had been glued together and it was hoped, after successful tests the vehicle would be a cheaper option for drivers. "We though rain would be the problem, not fire" said Dumbledick, scratching his head "We were going to stipulate the Sumuru be used in hot dry weather as in other tests the car had just turned to mush when wet and driven in rain. This has really put us back another 20 years."