11.9.05

Philadelphia Highschoolers Build Hybrid Supercar: "

attack-hybrid-01.jpgWe don't remember doing anything like that in high-school... Oh well, some people have all that fun. The West Philadelphia High School Electric Vehicle Team built this biodiesel car that gets 50 mpg (4.7l/100 km), has over 300 hp and does 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds, all that with a budget of $15,000! They used the Attack kit from K-1 and a 1.9 liters turbo-diesel VolksWagen engine. The rear wheels are powered by the diesel while the front wheels are powered by a 200 hp electric motor. Since it's a 'performance' hybrid, the electric motor is used mostly for acceleration: 'To keep the weight low, the electric motor will be powered by a 450 volt ultra-capacitor pack (weighing only 200lbs). [...] Under normal driving conditions, the vehicle will solely be powered by the diesel engine. Therefore, the ultra-capacitor pack stores only enough energy for a few minutes of blazing acceleration.' We wish them the best for their next green projects!



::The World’s First Hybrid Supercar, ::NBC News Segment About This Story (wmv format), ::Pictures of the Attack being built ::Autoblog: Hybrid Attack



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(Via Treehugger.)



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