#ClemsonUniversity Unveils Hybrid Car That Seats Six

Who says southern college students don’t have what it takes.

Via Fox News:

A team of graduate students from Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research have completed building an innovative hybrid vehicle it designed and engineered in collaboration with the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.

FoxNews.com first reported on the vehicle — dubbed Deep Orange 3 in tribute to the South Carolina school’s signature color — while it was still under development last year, but now it has been unveiled with full bodywork and all systems go.

The car’s chassis was constructed using a process called Industrial Origami, which involves folding laser-etched sheets of aluminum and is easy enough to be done with common household tools, according to members of the team.

The compact five-door features a novel six-passenger layout with three seats each in the front and back rows, the folding middle ones large enough to fit average size males. Market research among millennials conducted by the school helped steer this unique idea.

The article says that Mazda sponsored the design team which is strange considering BMW is only 30 miles away between Greenville and Spartanburg.

 

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