Graduate students at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research in South Carolina had to collaborate and compromise in creating the car of their dreams–but the result, known as “Deep Orange,” (after the school’s colors) recently hit the road at “Motorsports on Main,” a kick-off event for the Petit Le Mans race week at Road Atlanta.
Deep Orange is a range-extended electric vehicle expected to achieve the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon of gas. It’s powered by lithium-polymer batteries that can pull their charge either from a 110-volt wall socket or from a two-cylinder onboard gas engine. The car has an all-electric range of 20 miles, an overall range of 400 miles, a top speed of 100 mph, and it accelerates from 0-60 mph in 10 seconds.
“Our students were truly practicing the art of engineering and had to fight to achieve targets and compromise with each other to make the best product,” said Paul Venhovens, the BMW Endowed Chair in Automotive Systems Integration who leads the Deep Orange initiative, in a statement. “They worked hard for 12 months and this is the moment to celebrate the achievements.” Deep Orange is the result of a vehicle prototype program that runs the course of two academic years in parallel with Clemson’s two-year master’s program in automotive engineering.
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