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Teen inventors and competitive driver pose by electric car DeLaSalle Automotive Studio students Zack Knighten, Kelvin Duley and Mario Ramirez, along with competitive driver Natalie Feneroli pose with the DeLaSalle electric car (Photo: Bridgestone)

Teens Build Incredible Car

Missouri students create an environmentally friendly electric car during summer vacation

By Zach Jones | null null , null

Some cars are called "gas guzzlers" because of how much gasoline they need to run. But there's a new car on the road that is just the opposite. This car runs on tiny amounts of electricity rather than on gallons of gasoline. It was made from scratch by a talented group of high-school students in Kansas City, Missouri.

Students at DeLaSalle Education Center spent their summer vacation designing and building their eco-friendly car. They got help from Steve Rees, a teacher who used to be a professional car racer.

Rees taught the team about aerodynamics (the study of how objects move through air). So when students picked which materials to use to build the body of the car, they picked a light, clear plastic that would not need much energy to move.

AMAZING TEST DRIVE

Bridgestone Tire Company lent its special testing facility in Texas to Rees and the DeLaSalle crew. They wanted to find out how little energy their car really used.

The test run proved phenomenal. When compared with the amount of energy needed to run a regular car powered by gasoline, the electric car built by the DeLaSalle students is equal to 452 miles per gallon! That's incredible.

Bridgestone was so impressed that the company took the car for a spin at the Indianapolis 500, one of the world's most famous car races. More than 100,000 car fanatics got to see the DeLaSalle team's creation in action.

"It's been an amazing ride," said Kelvin Duley, one of the students who helped build the car. Last year, his dream career was to play basketball. But now Kelvin has changed his mind. "I want to go to college and become an engineer," he told reporters.

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