“Supermileage” College Teams Top 1,000 Miles per Gallon

Four college teams achieved more than 1,000 miles per gallon in specially designed vehicles during the SAE Supermileage event held June 6 and 7 at Eaton’s Proving Grounds in Marshall, Michigan.

This is the 34th year for the competition, which challenges teams to build a one-person, fuel efficient vehicle based around a one-cylinder, four-cycle engine.

“It is truly amazing what these student teams were able to accomplish,” said Tom Stover, chief technology officer, Eaton Vehicle Group in Galesburg, Michigan. “The Supermileage competition helps them develop practical engineering, team building and leadership skills that they can use to succeed in their careers, including making tomorrow’s cars and trucks more fuel efficient.”

A team from Penn State University’s Behrend College was the overall winner of this year’s Supermileage competition. The team received a total score of 1,656 (1,290 mpg plus its Design Report score of 366) and won $1,400.

Brigham Young University finished second with a score of 1,592, which included the best overall fuel economy run of 1,331 mpg, followed by Northern Illinois University’s tally of 1,423 (1,173 mpg plus 250 points for its Design Report). These schools received $1,100 and $900, respectively.

Rounding out the top five were teams from, the University of Massachusetts – Amherst with 1,283 (1,010 mpg plus 273 Design Report points) and École de Technologie Supérieure in Quebec, Canada, with 1,225 (935 mpg plus 290 Design Report points).

Eaton said a team from the Milwaukee School of Engineering won the Design Report portion of the competition with a score of 385. Central Connecticut State University’s team won the best Newcomer Award and was voted to have the Most Visually Appealing Vehicle. The University of Nevada – Reno was selected by the event organizing committee to have the Best Demonstrated Overall Team Attitude.

Hosted by Eaton since its inception in 1980, the Supermileage event is designed to generate public awareness of high-mileage fuel economy and to promote automotive engineering as a career choice for students. Participants are encouraged to use advanced materials and technologies, as well as their design creativity and imaginations, to get the most out of their vehicles over the 9.6-mile course – six times around Eaton’s 1.6-mile test track.

SAE International is a global association with more than 128,000 member engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle industries.

Eaton’s partnership with SAE in Supermileage stems from the company’s broad portfolio of technologies designed to improve the efficiency of specific systems and a vehicle’s overall fuel economy.