Harley Powered Hybrids on Today's #ThrowbackThursday

 

Built from the remains of a 2008 Toyota Prius and the heart of a 1986 Harley-Davidson Sportster, the car you see here somehow took two of the most embarrassing wheeled things you could buy (here’s the current title-holder) and combines them, Voltron-style, into one impossibly awesome LeMons racecar. Still, you’d be forgiven for feeling like the Harley-powered hybrid thing had been done before- because it has, and that’s what this week’s #ThrowbackThursday is all about!

Back in 2012, Gas 2 covered a bunch of inner-city school kids that “defied expectations” by building an innovative hybrid that mated an air-cooled, Harley-Davidson V-twin to an electric motor in order to deliver an XPrize competitor that seated 4 with an efficiency rating well above 100 MPGe.

You can see more photos and videos of the Harley-powered Prius racing at LeMons by heading over to Autoblog, and read about more Harley-engined hybrid project cars we covered in our original 2012 article, below.

 

Inner-city Students Build Harley-powered Hybrids (w/ video) (via Gas 2.0)

The automotive X-Prize was kind of a big deal a few years ago, and it brought out some pretty big engineering guns from the likes of Aptera, Peraves, ERA, and West Philly High. That’s right: West Philly High, where a bunch of inner-city school kids…






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