West Philly high school students build 0-60 in 4 seconds diesel hybrid

Students at West Philadelphia’s Academy of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering have built a biodiesel hybrid car that goes from 0-60 in four seconds and gets 60+ mpg.  And they’re not done – they’re currently working on getting the mpg up to 100.    It’s an effort to win the Automotive X-Prize – the $10 million award to the groups that win a “rigorous long distance stage competition [while exceeding] 100 MPG equivalent fuel economy.”

The Philly team, which calls its car the Hybrid Attack, is the only high school team out of 90 different teams from the US and overseas.

diesel hybrid car built by West Philly's Academy of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering
diesel hybrid car built by West Philly's Academy of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering
Philly X-Prize students
Philly X-Prize students

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Update – 13 March 2010

The West Philly High School team has made it  past the qualifying round in their quest to win the Automotive X Prize.   The team of high school students had to compete against a team of engineers from Cornell University and India’s Tata Motors and were successful in making the cut.    So now the number of teams competing has been cut in half – and their all getting ready for the next qualifying round in mid-June.  The finals for the X-Prize are scheduled to take place in the fall of this year.

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