Building a 'Frybrid'

Students at Petoskey High School in Michigan are building the first “frybrid” -- a grease-powered hybrid -- in Northern Michigan.

"During the 2007-08 school year, students from several departments within the school, including physics, chemistry, automotive, art and culinary arts worked together as one to perfect the look and performance of a 1981 Oldsmobile which ran on both diesel fuel and vegetable oil.

The car was donated to the school at the beginning of the school year by Harbor Springs resident Mike McDonald, who originally had the car up for sale for $1,500.

At the time, McDonald's son, Stewart, who originally converted the car to run on both vegetable oil and diesel in 2006 during an independent study in physics at Harbor Springs High School, was away at college.

Stewart said when he heard about his father's generosity, he was extremely proud.

'It was a smart choice on his part - it's pretty cool that the car got to maintain being an educational tool because that's how it started with me,' he said. 'It will help more people in the long run.'"

Full Story: The quest to create the first frybrid


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