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A group of students from the West Philadelphia High School’s Academy for Automotive and Mechanical Engineering have come up with a prototype hybrid car that runs on soybean fuel. And it’s a sports car, which delivers more horsepower than entry-level Porsches, but yet gets mileage similiar to the Toyota Prius. How on earth?

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The car uses carbon fibre body panels donated by Hexcel Corp and wheels and tyres donated by OZ Racing. It participated in the Tour Del Sol, a competition for eco-friendly vehicles and managed to win the race. It’s chassis is based on a combination of parts from a Honda Accord and a car kit called Attack by K-1 Engineering.

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The car prototype costed USD$25,000 to build and is powered by a combination of a 150-horsepower 1.9 litre Volkswagen turbo-diesel engine that’s modified to run on biodiesel (soybeans) powering the rear wheels and a 200-horsepower electric motor powering the front wheels. That’s a total of 350 horsepower, and the instant torque offered by the electric motor combined with a turbodiesel’s natural high torque especially at the low-end would make this a pretty exciting drive.

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All of that allows the “Hybrid Attack” as it was christened to go from 0-100km/h in 3 seconds, yet it manages an extremely good average mileage of 50mpg. Previously in a video, the Top Gear Audi A8 managed 42mpg, driven extremely frugally. The car took 2 years to build.