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What do 18-year-old high school students dream of these days? Superslick eco-friendly sports cars, apparently. The RORMaxx Formula AE is the alternative energy vehicle created by two seniors at Harvard?Westlake High School in California, Rory Handel and Maxx Bricklin, who wanted to create a wind-assisted car. The concept Formula AE uses (well, would use, if it were ever made) ultracapacitors, solar panels, and airflow recovery to reduce its impact on the environment. All that makes the Formula AE look great on paper: a 0-60 time of less than 4 seconds, a top speed of 155 mph and covered with some flexible photovoltaic panels. Oh, and this thing would have a range of more than 200 miles per 1.5 hour charge. While there are no plans produce the Formula AE for sale - that's pretty much a given at this stage - Handel and Bricklin say that the projected retail price would be somewhere between $80k and 150k (USD). The current plans call for the prototype Formula AE to be completed by August of this year. Thanks to Ryan N for the tip!