Those stories that surface from time-to-time that the auto or oil industry bought up the rights to some great invention that would drastically increase gas mileage, thereby cutting into their sales, are pretty much uniformly bunk.
Nevetheless, this little project at the Philadelphia Auto Show this week is not bunk:
It came from the auto shop at West Philadelphia High School.
The car – designed and built by students in the school’s Academy for Automotive and Mechanical Engineering – delivers more horsepower than some Porsches and gets gas mileage comparable to a Toyota Prius. It runs on fuel made from soybeans.
“This is off-the-shelf technology, and we’re not 180 I.Q. people around here,” said Simon Hauger, a physics teacher who is the West Philadelphia automotive program’s administrator.
“We’re super low-budget,” he said, so automakers “should be cranking them out.
“Who wouldn’t want a cool sports car hybrid?”
You can see a flash presentation on the car here.