A view into this engine compartment is disorienting, much like the old VW Beetle: nothing is where it should be. The front engine compartment contains an electric motor. But the real twist is that there is also a more traditional turbocharged engine in back. The 2 power plants give a more than 700 horsepower combined! Although top speed is limited, the vehicle is tuned for rallycross competition, with quick acceleration (0-60mph in 2 seconds) and reclaiming energy during braking.
The vehicle, dubbed Deep Orange 9 was created by students at Clemson University’s automotive program at CU-ICAR and was exhibited at the Imagine Upstate festival.