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1,300 MPG Student-Designed Ultra-Light Car Runs on a Tiny Lawnmower Engine

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On June 6, 2013 @ 10:30 am In automotive,Green Transportation,News | 1 Comment

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Students at Brigham Young University [2] in Utah have designed a car [3] that can travel the distance from Utah to Michigan on a single gallon of fuel. The fish-shaped car—which weighs less than 100 pounds and gets an astounding 1,300 miles per gallon—will participate at this year’s SAE Supermileage Competition [4], an annual contest that challenges students to create the most fuel-efficient vehicle in North America.


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This fantastic fuel efficiency [6] is attributed to the car’s lightness-it weighs under 100 pounds, a tank that holds only 20 grams of fuel and a tiny lawnmower engine that is engaged just enough to get the vehicle to a desirable speed, after which it shuts off and lets the vehicle glide along the track.

The newest version of the BYU Supermileage Vehicle weights exactly 99 pounds-22 pounds less than its predecessor. To maximize fuel-efficiency, the BYU team added ceramic insulation to the lawn-mower engine and made several modifications so it can be electronically controlled.

At the competition, the teams are given 20 grams of fuel to race around a 10-mile track. Vehicles that achieve an average of 15 miles per hour, have their tanks re-measured by the judges who deduce the mpg capability [7] based on the leftover fuel. At the last year’s Supermileage competition the BYU team won second place with a final mark of 1,135 miles per gallon. This year they aim even higher-2,000 MPG.

+ Brigham Young University [2]

+ SAE Supermileage Competition 2013 [4]

Via Dvice [8]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/06/BYU-1300-MPG-car-1.jpg

[2] Brigham Young University: http://news.byu.edu/archive13-jun-supermileage.aspx

[3] car: http://inhabitat.com/students-build-black-widow-supercar-that-gets-2752-3-mpg/

[4] SAE Supermileage Competition: http://students.sae.org/competitions/supermileage/

[5] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AgFpT4fWvs

[6] fuel efficiency: http://inhabitat.com/new-vehicle-fuel-efficiency-reached-an-all-time-high-in-march-2013/

[7] mpg capability: http://inhabitat.com/transportation-tuesday-vws-235mpg-concept-coming-soon/

[8] Dvice: http://www.dvice.com/2013-6-5/byus-supermileage-car-looks-fish-gets-1300-mpg

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