Gallery: Ultra-Efficient Alerion Race Car Gets 2,564.8 MPG at Shell Eco...


A team of students at Université Laval just won first place for the third time in the Shell Eco-marathon in Houston with their svelte hypermiling supercar, which gets an incredible fuel efficiency of 2,564.8 MPG! The annual Shell Eco-marathon challenges high school and college students to design, build and test energy efficient vehicles, and the Alerion team have proven themselves to be masters at their craft. The prototype beat out the second place winners by a whopping 766.1 miles per gallon, and the vehicle even improved upon Université Laval’s entry last year by 77 miles per gallon.

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  1. Meowmix June 28, 2011 at 10:21 am


    Pffft… what’s a little lithium between friends. Shouldn’t we all just worship the sun and ignore math? ; )

  2. Molasses April 25, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Actually, it’s more environmentally friendly to use petroleum when it’s this efficient. Mining the materials needed to generate and store electricity destroys the environment, and although electric vehicles are more efficient on average than petrol they’re not as efficient per-mile as this prototype racecar.

    So… that’s why they used gas.

  3. electric38 April 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Why are they still using gas???

    Solar charging of batteries will beat the MPG and save the environment.

    Some of these college groups are so behind the times….. Oh yeah the oil companies are supporting the effort….

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