A very fast, very efficient award-winning hybrid racecar.
Ever heard of the Hybrid Blue? Unless you're affiliated with Bringham Young University, chances are you haven't. Under the tutelage of BYU's Dr. Robert Todd, a group of 16 undergraduate students built the hybrid racecar for the 2012 Society of Automotive Engineers Formula Hybrid Challenge. The race was held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway earlier this month and the Hyrbid Blue delivered. To the delight of BYU alumni and students the world over, Hybrid Blue finished in first place.
Hybrid Blue produces 100 horsepower and 450lb-ft of torque. The parallel hybrid is propelled by both an E85 (ethanol-based) fuel-burning engine and an electric motor that is powered by a 72-volt lithium-polymer battery pack.
It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in approximately 3.0 seconds. Yes you read that right. That's supercar territory. The Hybrid Blue competed against entries from 40 other universities in a record-setting acceleration run, endurance run, autocross event and an agility race. In the 13.7-mile endurance run it not only came in first, but also finished with fuel left over and an eye-popping 75 percent of a full charge still left on the battery.