This Race Car Is The Coolest School Project Ever

InMotion is comprised of a group of students from a pair of Dutch universities building their own hybrid prototype race car—not just to prove they can do it, but to set records and win the 24 Hours of Le Mans outright against the big dogs like Audi, Porsche, and Toyota. 

They’re calling the car the IM01 (InMotion 01) and every aspect of it is designed to be as aerodynamically efficient as possible (even the wheels are covered up). Those winglets on the side are positioned to take advantage of the temperature difference between the air over the car and the heat coming off of the brakes. Simply put: in various points of history, what these guys are doing would get them burned at the stake for witchcraft.

Under the skin, they’re using four electric motors (one per wheel) to get everything going, and there’s a backup gasoline engine for when they happen to run out of juice. They’ll be trial-running the drive system in a different race car, and once they’re happy with it and have built the IM01 chassis, they’ll try to break the all-time lap record at the legendary Nurburgring before setting sail for Le Mans as the ultimate underdog.

Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. The most advanced car-related project he undertook in college was changing an alternator.