Inner City High Schoolers Create 60mpg Hybrid

West Philadelphia's creation, the Hybrid Attack -- a sleek, futuristic-looking sports car made mostly by 10th through 12th grade students -- won top honors at the four-day competition, sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Published: 24-May-2005

In a time when gas prices are nearly $3 a gallon in most parts of the country, the idea of driving a fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle gets more popular by the minute. Yet, most hip drivers still see hybrid vehicles as anything but cool, Simon Hauger, a Philadelphia math and science teacher told BlackAmericaWeb.com Monday.

“They’re looked at like grandma wheels or something that tree-huggers are going to buy,” said Hauger, who helped a group of his West Philadelphia High School students design the anti-uncool hybrid, a super car that won last week’s 17th Annual Tour de Sol, a national competition that pits the best and brightest automotive engineer and design teams in America against each other.

West Philadelphia’s creation, the Hybrid Attack -- a sleek, futuristic-looking sports car made mostly by 10th through 12th grade students -- won top honors at the four-day competition, sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. It’s the second time in three years that West Philly students walked away champs, the last time defeating cream of the crop college students from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002.

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