Okay, so it’s not exactly the shop class at your local public high school. But it is indeed high school students–at the Los Altos Academy of Engineering–that have built a car with an internal combustion engine that runs on hydrogen.
According to The Journal, these Young Ensteins in Hacienda Heights, east of Los Angeles, have developed an aerodynamic vehicle featuring their HICE (hydrogen internal combustion engine) and will host an open house on May 8th to show it off (and, presumably, answer questions from perplexed adults). The vehicle, believed to the first of its kind built by high school students, makes use of a four-stroke engine culled from a Honda and converted to burn hydrogen, with no petrol involved.
The Los Altos Academy is a joint effort between the local unified school district and an occupational training program, aimed at exposing high school students to potential career paths through hands-on experience and exposure to engineering and technology. The May 8 event will also feature the school program’s other futuristic vehicles, including Solar Shadow (a finisher in the World Solar Challenge); Infusion, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (which won first place in the Shell Eco-marathon); Speed Racer, one of the first electric cars built by the program; and Project Zeus, the school’s entry for the 2007 government-sponsored DARPA Grand Challenge.