University Students Create 600 HP Hybrid Honda Civic RallyCross Car

A group of 19 students from Clemson University in South Carolina have built a potent Honda Civic that could give current Rallycross cars a run for their money.

Work on the project started two years ago with an ordinary Civic sedan and two main goals in mind: to build a vehicle offering exceptional performance while also reducing the emissions produced by the Japanese sedan. The finished vehicle is dubbed Deep Orange 9 and Honda was kind enough to provide sponsorship to help bring it to life.

To achieve their goals, the students opted for a mid-mounted 2.0-liter supercharged four-cylinder engine sending power to the rear wheels. This engine delivers 400 hp and is joined by a 200 hp electric motor that drives the front wheels. This hybrid powertrains allows the Civic to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 2 seconds and also incorporates advanced regenerative braking to help keep the battery topped up.

The implementation of a hybrid powertrain also means fuel consumption was reduced by 30 per cent. Making the car all the more capable is semi-active suspension that can easily adapt to changing surfaces, and a bespoke all-wheel drive system.

Visually, the Civic has also been made to look much more race-oriented than a regular Civic. Consequently, there’s distinctive bodykit with flared front and rear wheel arches, black brake calipers, a prominent front splitter, and a huge fixed rear wing.

more photos...
  • Bash

    Hire him!

  • Christian

    gender studies

  • Blade t

    So the 2.0 gas engine is in the back seat ? Wild

  • Dang, that’s actually meant a lot of welding, re-engineering and being kids probably time at CAD software. I had to give thumbs up, I wasn’t expecting this much effort.

  • ksegg


Donald Trump Attacks Automakers For Not Supporting Emissions Rollback

The U.S. president singled out Ford for coming to an agreement with the Golden State .

First Freightliner eCascadia Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks Start Field Testing In California

Penske Truck Leasing and NFI Industries will use two electric trucks, while customer deliveries are scheduled for 2021.

VW Officially Denies It Intends Buying A Stake In Tesla, But The Truth Is They’d Love To

Volkswagen qualified the report about its interest in buying a Tesla stake as “speculation without merit”, though things aren’t so simple.

Ford Charges An Absurd $10,000 For Painted Stripes On Shelby Mustang GT500

Those looking to purchase the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 can also pay $1000 for vinyl racing stripes.

Can The 2020 Toyota Supra Tackle BMW’s M2 Competition?

Even though some find the new Supra expensive, it’s actually cheaper then the Bimmer – and it’s no slouch, either.

Audi’s AI:Trail Quattro Concept Is An Electric Off-Roader Headed To Frankfurt

Sporting a futuristic design and quattro all-wheel drive, the off-roader is bound to turn heads.

2020 Toyota Camry TRD Seems Like A Bargain At $31,995

The 2020 Camry TRD is more than $11,000 cheaper than the Avalon TRD.

Jaguar Land Rover Developing Innovative 3D Head-Up Display

JLR’s head-up display technology could be used in other applications too, like showing passengers 3D movies.

Watch Thieves Steal A Tesla Model S In Seconds With Relay Attack

A recent study out of Germany found that almost all cars with keyless entry can be stolen just like this Tesla.

This Is The First Lamborghini Huracan With A Six-Speed Manual

The Lamborghini Huracan was only ever sold with a dual-clutch transmission from the factory.