• Jul 12th 2011 at 7:53PM
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The students and teachers from West Philadelphia High School's Academy of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering already showed that they knew what they were doing months ago when their hybrid Focus finished as a semifinalist in the Automotive X-Prize and when they demonstrated their 60-mpg hybrid Attack. Once again, these high schoolers competed against some of the nation's top universities (and plenty of private companies) – and this time they didn't settle for runner up.

The latest product of the West Philly Hybrid X team, built using a Factor Five GTM supercar kit powered by a diesel hybrid system, took top honors in the fuel economy road rally portion of the Green Grand Prix. With the 1.9-liter diesel cranking on biodiesel and the electric drive packed with 8.8 kWh of power from International Battery lithium cells, the racer returned 160 mpge over the 100-mile race. The West Philly team is building up a record (and a stable of vehicles) that would be the envy of many other organizations.

[Source: EV World | Image: West Philly Hybrid X Team]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      What an amazing school. These guys beat MIT. It's a high school beating the top universities, and companies in the country! That EVX Focus is a very practical car that gets amazing mileage. Here some more info on the team: http://www.evxteam.org/press/blogs/item/277-mckinley
      • 4 Years Ago
      Their Factory Five supercar kit is a reproduction of a Maserati MC12?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice car and good piece of engineering, prius volt leaf challenger.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could be mistaken but I think this team has been doing great work for a few years now. I remember hearing about them in the past. It would be cool if you guys (Autoblog) could do an article about West Philly High School's Automotive and Engineering Academy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More proof that the diesel-electric hybrid is the king of them all. Big car companies should be embarrassed that they have failed our country so miserably.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do they sell the plans to reproduce their cars? I would like some info such as 0-60, range, cost to build and other important information. If these kids can do it on lunch money why can't we put NASA to work it must be better then having them just dismantle all their talent. It would be nice to have a car built by high school kids and rocket scientists....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Acceleration (0-60MPH): less than 5 seconds Range: 500+miles http://www.evxteam.org/vehicles
      Michelle Lin
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do they sell the plans to reproduce their cars? www.selectnikeshoes.com Nike Air Max
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stay tuned, they're collaborating with Factory Five again on the new 818 design with a body that's designed for low drag and smaller, lower weight, lower cost chassis.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is a mile and a half between very excellent work done by one high school building one offs to compete in one race or competition and mass production of a daily driver that is good for over 150,000 miles. On one hand you see very bright young kids (with some extraordinary teachers) jerry rigging, breaking things, and building them back up again. We in the West could use more of such innovation and people. The other hand we need volume builds of affordable practical vehicles that have such innovation. Neither Tesla nor Fisker are there, nor frankly the big 3 (yet) although its coming. What we need is a better way to bridge the two. We need corporate to want to hire all of those kids, and to do something similar in every city.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Completely agree, but that's what blows my mind. The Big 3, just like these kids, are perfectly capable of jerry-rigging, breaking things, and building them back up again. It seems to take bankruptcy to make something happen. To think we gave the auto industry billions upon billions of dollars, when we could have given a bunch of West Philly high school kids a couple million to save us all... I wish I were in the market for a sports car - I'd commission on of these from these kids in a heartbeat!
      • 4 Years Ago
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