Student engineers from UT hope to boost sporty, high speed, eco-friendly cars

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Engineering students across the country have spent years participating in General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ecocar competitions, turning standard vehicles into environmentally friendly and fuel efficient hybrid cars.

This year, college students face their biggest challenge yet -- hybridizing a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic car.

Protecting the environment shouldn’t mean opting out of speed or horsepower. Keeping with that theme, 16 teams across the US and Canada will jigsaw together the puzzle pieces of energy efficiency and high performance to preview what this classic joy ride might be in the future.

"We actually have expanded the fields, beyond the engineering discipline, we've now swept in marketing communication, business majors as well, so we have that well rounded student for the opportunity and we have evidence that these students compete so well in automotive profession," says Karson Stone from the University of Tennessee.