It's a hybrid, but not what you were expecting.
Engineers at Mississippi State University have managed to improve the Subaru BRZ by turning it into a hybrid. At the school's Center of Advanced Vehicular Systems, the BRZ's 2.0-liter boxer engine was ditched in favor of a 850-cc snowmobile engine. This engine is paired with two electric motors that drive the rear wheels and that are powered by a 12.7 kWh battery, which enables the car to go 50 miles on electricity alone. With the snowmobile engine running, the reengineered BRZ can achieve 104 MPG equivalent.
This hybrid BRZ tips the scales at 2,904 pounds, which is 60 pounds less than the standard car. It also runs from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds, about one second faster than an automatic BRZ. The Mississippi State University engineers have even fitted the car with something they call Predictive Engine Control.
This system allows the car's brain to calculate algorithms based on your driving to get better range. This prototype car is very forward thinking, and we like that the engineers used a sports car rather than some econobox to show that hybrid technology can still be fun.