Teens develop social media-powered car

Public can power car using special hashtag

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A group of high school students plan to drive from Kansas City to Washington D.C. in a car powered by social media.

The teens turned a beat-up 1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia into a car of the future through a project called "Mind Drive."

Student engineers created a system that allows the engine to run on so-called "social fuel."

[RELATED: Watch the team remodel the social media car]

Every tweet, Facebook like or Instagram share is routed into a server connected to the electric engine. Once the server has enough "social fuel" or buzz on social media, power is restored to the engine.

"Social media being used to power a car that they built is just so perfect," said Linda Buchner, president of Mind Drive.

The teens have a larger goal planned for the remodeled Karmann Ghia. The group plans to drive the car to Washington D.C. -- using social fuel -- and lobby lawmakers to support hands-on education. The students say hands-on education, like the Mind Drive project, helped them turn their lives around.

The group leaves for the nation's capital on May 31. The public can support the team and fuel their trip by using #minddrive or tweeting @minddriveorg.

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