A lightweight, aerodynamic vehicle to compete at the SAE Supermileage Competition, build by a group of seven BYU engineering students, that can get 1,300 miles per gallon of fuel.
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The annual event determines which university has created the most fuel-efficient vehicle in North America.
Gary Ellingson, one of seven engineering majors who built the car, said:
“It comes down to the smallest little details on race day. At the end of the day, it’s the team with the best run.”
Team member Caroline Sorenson, who is also the driver, said:
“It’s a cool project because you really see exactly how you get better mileage. Now we understand better what you can do to a regular car to get better mileage.”
Eric Wilcox, who oversaw the weight-loss plan, said they reassessed every element of the car to drop pounds. He added:
“We shaved off five pounds by making our own starter, and we clipped another five pounds from switching the battery. If we could use or make something lighter, we did it.”
source Brigham Young University