This 16 Year-old Built a 100 MPG Hybrid Sports Car (Video)


Photo: Azeem Hill and Simon Hauger at Poptech 2010. Via Kris Krug, Creative Commons

You may recognize Azeem Hill. If you do, it's because this 16 year-old kid helped build the world's only high school-made super hybrid sports car. As a participant in an after-school workshop in Philadelphia run by Simon Hauger, he and his teammates dreamed up and built a sporty hybrid that goes from 0-60 in less than 5 seconds, yet gets 70 mpg on the highway and 100 mpg in the city. They entered the car in the Automotive X-Prize, and beat out numerous top competitors -- MIT and multimillion dollar tech firms among them. Hill and Hauger brought the car to this year's Poptech, and I caught up with them to get the story:Here's high school student Azeem Hill:

And yes, he and his classmates had to learn everything that goes into making a hybrid car -- from the relevant physics to the design applications to the under-the-hood mechanics. How else could they build this


by themselves?

Azeem's instructor, Simon Hauger, created the after-school hands-on hybrid car program 13 years ago, and decided a couple years ago to aim for the X Prize. He spoke with me about the program and the cars they've designed:

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