Racing Honda Civic hybrid development took two years
The graduate students of Clemson University, South Carolina, completed the construction of a 600-hp hybrid Honda Civic. Developing a race car capable of accelerating to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in two seconds took two years.
The basis of the project called Deep Orange 9 a team of 19 students took the tenth generation Civic in the sedan. The power plant of the experimental machine consists of a two-liter compressor “four” and a 200-horsepower electric motor. ICE is located behind the seats and drives the rear wheels, and the electric motor, respectively, is responsible for the front.
The dynamic characteristics of the hybrid practically correspond to the Civic for rallycross. All-wheel drive coupe, built jointly by the studio Olsbergs MSE and the sports division Honda Performance Development, accelerates to 96 kilometers in 1.9 seconds.
Hybrid Deep Orange 9 received an integrated safety cage, thrusters rear wheels, adaptive suspension, braking energy recovery system. The fuel efficiency of the hybrid compared to the standard model has improved by 30 percent.
Last year, students at Clemenson University built a MINI concept car for the BMW called Deep Orange 7. The prototype featured a “floating” dashboard with a holographic display and an unusual trunk located under the windshield.