Mississippi State University students working in the Center of Advanced Vehicular Systems presented a plug-in hybrid version of a Subaru BRZ at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress event in Detroit last week. What they wanted to demonstrate is that plug-in hybrid cars can be created while maintaining driving performance. Jalopnik reporter, David Tracy, spoke with Matthew Doude, the “Car of the Future” project leader, and was told that the team of students initially stripped the BRZ down to the bare chassis so they could scan it into a computer-aided design software. They then packaged their components via CAD before installing parts in the car—just like the OEMs do it. They utilized a 850cc two-cylinder snowmobile engine with dual electric motors, as well as a range extender for the two rear-mounted electric motors. A 13 kWh lithium-ion battery pack from 123 Systems takes the place where the transmission used to sit and allows the BRZ to drive 50 miles in fully-electric mode. The car only weighs around 80 lbs over the stock weight with an estimated 100 mpge.