College Students Built A 600 HP Civic With A Hybrid Powertrain

Talk about a fun assignment. 19 graduate engineering students at Clemson University built a 600 Honda Civic, with Honda’s sponsorship and approval of course. It’s called Deep Orange 9 and has a 0-60 time of 2 seconds thanks to its hybrid powertrain. Talk about gettin’ it done. It’s powered by a 2.0-liter supercharged 4-cylinder that powers the rear axle while an electric motor powers the front axle. 400 horsepower comes from the ICE while 200 is from the electric motor. This car not only has power, but its fuel economy is improved by 30%. So with both efficiency not taking away from the power, could this be a “greener” powertrain option for racing platforms?