Highschool kids build diesel-hybrid sports car

Very cool: five high-school near-dropouts build a fun, cool-looking, 50MPG, biodiesel sports car:

The star at last week’s Philadelphia Auto Show wasn’t a sports car or an economy car. It was a sports-economy car — one that combines performance and practicality under one hood.

But as CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman reports in this week’s Assignment America, the car that buyers have been waiting decades comes from an unexpected source and runs on soybean bio-diesel fuel to boot.

A car that can go from zero to 60 in four seconds and get more than 50 miles to the gallon would be enough to pique any driver’s interest. So who do we have to thank for it. Ford? GM? Toyota? No — just Victor, David, Cheeseborough, Bruce, and Kosi, five kids from the auto shop program at West Philadelphia High School.
CBS News | Kids Build Soybean-Fueled Car | February 21

My favorite quote from one of the kids, talking about how the oil industry has no interest in supporting fuel-efficiency:

“They’re making billions upon billions of dollars,” he says. “And when this car sells, that’ll go down — to low billions upon billions.”

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