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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.

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It weighs just 1,090 pounds, chuffs out 115 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque, and can launch to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds. Oh, and you definitely feel every bit of it.

Andersons, one of the U.S.' major players on the ethanol production scene, has started mixing cheaper soft red winter wheat into its corn-based biofuel. This move, according to Andersons, will drive down costs and lessen demand for corn. Andersons says the soft red winter wheat harvest is peaking, so the stuff is available in mass quantities. It's estimated that Andersons is currently mixing ten percent wheat in with corn.

Pandora's footprint just got a little larger with the announcement that Scion will be integrating the Internet radio service into its vehicles later this year.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is often accused of imposing regulations that raise costs, but now it's looking to end an outdated requirement – and that could reduce costs for gas station owners.

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Perhaps it's time that insurance companies start taking a closer look the policies they dole out. San Francisco-based Quality Planning agrees, and that's why the company works with insurers to help cut down on some of the fraud found throughout the industry. One area that's a bit surprising? The amount of luxury cars that wind up covered as farm equipment.

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Jaguar XFR Brake, Hyundai supercar, Lamborghini manuals, Red-light cameras

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Recap of Audi's victory at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans – Click above to watch the video after the jump

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2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Kid gets keys to Audi R8, makes it dance – Click above to watch the video after the jump

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