Graduate students Clemson University, South Carolina, has completed the construction of a 600-strong hybrid Honda Civic. The development of racing machines that can accelerate to 60 mph (96 kph) in two seconds, took two years.
The basis of the project named Deep Orange 9 a team of 19 students took the tenth-generation Civic sedan. The power plant of experimental machines built on the basis of a two-liter compressor “Quartet”, which added a 200-horsepower electric motor. The engine placed behind the seats and drives the rear wheels, and the motor, respectively, is responsible for the front.
The dynamic characteristics of a hybrid are almost the Civic for rally-cross. All-wheel drive coupe, built jointly by Atelier Olsbergs MSE and the sports division of Honda Performance Development, sprint to 96 kilometres per 1.9 seconds.
Hybrid Deep Orange 9 got an integrated roll cage, steering rear wheel, suspension proadoption, the energy recovery system braking. Fuel efficiency of a hybrid compared to a standard model is improved by 30 percent.
Last year the students of the University of Clemenson built for BMW concept car MINI called Deep Orange 7. A feature of the prototype was the “floating” instrument panel with a holographic display and an unusual trunk, located under the windshield.