Students at Clemson University in South Carolina, USA, have developed a 447kW Honda Civic racer dubbed Deep Orange 9.
This time around, the 19-strong student team has developed a hybrid powertrain capable of handling the rigours of rallycross. According to the team, its system is 30 per cent more efficient than a regular internal-combustion race engine, but still shoves the car to 60mph (97km/h) in 2.0 seconds flat.
Regenerative braking helps recharge the battery, and also minimises wear on the conventional brake discs, while there's four-wheel steering to get the car turned into tight, gravel hairpins.
“Deep Orange 9 was a platform for Clemson’s students to develop a concept vehicle that fuses Honda’s challenges to create a carbon-sustainable society while providing customers joy and freedom of mobility,” said Duane Detwiler, director of Honda R&D America strategic research operations division.
“We also believe these students can make significant contributions as future HRA associates in helping Honda realise its long-term vision for mobility.”
The goal of these projects is to give students hands-on, industry-relevant experience in their chosen fields. Volkswagen Australia does something similar with its apprentice program, which has recently led to the creation of the ART3on.