PENDER COUNTY -- Some of them aren't even old enough to drive. But that's not stopping a group of high school students from putting the petal to the metal, and then some. Every year a group of students at Topsail High in Pender County work together to build a car. It's a tedious project, but a project that has earned this group national recognition for the last three years. Topsail High School student Garrett Sessions said, "Once we finish it it'll probably have better performance than it did coming off the factory floor." Students say it'll be about another month before work is complete on the vehicle, but say once it's done, it'll run just as well or even better than your average car. But unlike your average vehicle, this car runs solely on electricity. In fact, every car that's worked on in this shop is environmentally friendly. "It's all electric, so we don't really have any output whatsoever. We even took out the exhaust... No output, no pollution or anything like that," Sessions said. Students say while the average vehicle runs on a single battery, these cars require 16, which are plugged into an electrical outlet to charge. The car can go up to 75 miles per hour for about 75 miles, just right for the average driver. Topsail High School student David Ruehle said, "The average commuter's daily drive is under 20 miles, so these are great for every day use and, really, everyone in Wilmington." While others will be spending their spring break under the sun, these kids say they'll spend their time under the hood. They plan on finishing their work over the next month. The students plan on entering the new car into another competition next year, and like years before, they plan on bringing home the gold.
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