Chevy Challenges Students to Build Electric and Hybrid Camaros [w/Video]
Some graduates dream of going back to college for the nightlife, or the girls, or the cheap pizza. Others for the crazy stories. If it was us, we'd go back for this (and maybe pizza). Sponsored by the US Department of Energy, this is the EcoCar 3 competition, a design series that pits the country’s top colleges against each other to redesign the Chevrolet Camaro into – gasp – a hybrid-electric car. PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
While the prospect of an eco-Camaro might cause some to blow their figurative head gaskets— don’t worry, the project isn’t trying to neuter Chevrolet’s historic sportscar. Rather, it's to cut the car’s emissions, all while “maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car.” Intriguing.
Participants will focus development on advanced energy storage systems, improving aerodynamics, alternative fuels, as well as many other systems that are frankly very, very complex.
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The competition begins on Sept. 16, 2014, and teams will have four years to complete the build. You can find out more about the EcoCAR 3 competition here, and while you’re at it – see if your school is participating. Happy tinkering!
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