Ariel Schwartz

Students Build Black Widow Supercar that Gets 2752.3 MPG

by , 02/19/10

green transportation, sustainable design, green design, electric vehicle, black widow, cal poly, hypermiling, mpg, shell eco marathon, green design

Think claims of electric vehicles that get over 200 MPG are impressive? Try this on for size: a group of mechanical engineering students at Cal Poly have developed a vehicle that can get up to 2752.3 MPG — and it doesn’t even use batteries.

green transportation, sustainable design, green design, electric vehicle, black widow, cal poly, hypermiling, mpg, shell eco marathon, green design

The Cal Poly Supermileage Team‘s wondercar, dubbed the Black Widow, has been under construction since 2005. The 96 pound car has three wheels, a drag coefficient of 0.12, a top speed of 30 MPH, and a modified 3 horsepower Honda 50cc four-stroke engine. It originally clocked in at 861 MPG and has been continuously tweaked to achieve the mileage we see today.

Want to see the Black Widow in action? The car is being entered for a fourth time in the Shell Eco-marathon along with a new three-wheeled Urban Concept vehicle. Who knows? Maybe this one will break the 3,000 MPG barrier.

+ Cal Poly Supermileage

Via Wired Autopia

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5 Comments

  1. dumblesnore February 22, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Looks so fast, but I could outrun it sprinting on my bike.

  2. nerdinohio February 22, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Gee, top speed of 30mph, running a 50cc engine? Whoopty-doo. It isn’t even the least bit close to being a real car.

  3. Dr.Gonzo February 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    i bet my old motorcycle would get great mileage too if i kept it to 30 mp/h. har.

  4. earthsaver earthsaver February 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm
  5. anon. February 19, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Go Cal Poly!

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