An American group of students build 450 kW Honda Civic – now that is a cool school project if ever we heard of one.

School is cool

Students at Clemson University in South Carolina completed the coolest school project ever. The group of graduates from the University’s International Center for Automotive Research built a 450 kW Honda Civic. The Project, called Deep Orange 9, was built by 19 students over a period of two years.

The basis for the project was a standard Honda Civic. The aim was to extract extremely high performance and coupled with a reduction of emissions.

Super quick

The students claim that the model can sprint from standstill to 96 km/h (60 mph) in just 2 seconds with the help of a hybrid powertrain. The rear wheels are powered by a 300 kW 2,0-litre supercharged inline four-cylinder engine. The front axle is powered by a 150 kW electric motor.

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Regenerative braking helps to recharge the battery. The team claims that fuel consumption has been improved 30 per cent. Four-wheel steering and active suspension are just some of the other upgrades.