University of Alabama students ready to make an eco-friendly Chevy Camaro

Published: Jan. 6, 2016 at 2:18 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2016 at 2:18 AM CST
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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A team of University of Alabama students is ready to turn a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro into an eco-friendly car.

More than 150 students have been working on a prototype to transform the car. It's all part of the elite, 16-team EcoCar 3 competition.

"We're here really just to let Tuscaloosa know that we're here and we're ready to compete and just like the football team, we want to bring the title back to Tuscaloosa," Brittany Galloway, a graduate student and communications manager for the EcoCAR 3 project.

According to the university, this is the first time in 20 years a team from their school has been invited to participate in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition Series.

And to win this title, UA student engineers will open the hood and reconfigure the engine.

"We are taking the large V-6 out of this car; replacing it with a smaller 4-cylinder engine and adding about 150 to 175 horsepower worth of electric motors to it," AJ Hamley said.

And if successful, Bama students will turn this white car into a green machine.

"We're targeting 5.7 seconds, zero to 60 and a combined electricity and gasoline efficiency number of about 50 miles per gallon," Hamley said.

Competition is in May, when judges will test the vehicles to make sure it starts and everything is installed correctly and safely.

The final competition will be in 2018 when this car will have to be floor show ready.

To learn more about the detailed specs of the future, green Camaro, click here.

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