Power management company Eaton today announced that five college teams
achieved more than 1,000 miles per gallon in specially designed vehicles
during the SAE Supermileage® event held June 5-6 at Eaton’s Proving
Grounds in Marshall, Michigan. This is the 35th year for the
competition, which challenges teams to build a one-person, fuel
efficient vehicle based around a one-cylinder, four-cycle engine.
Eaton hosted the 35th anniversary SAE Supermileage competition at its Proving Grounds in Marshall, Michigan. Teams from 19 colleges in the U.S., Canada and Venezuela participated in the event, with five teams achieving more than 1,000 miles per gallon over the 9.6-mile course. (Photo: Business Wire)
“It is truly amazing what these student teams were able to accomplish,”
said Tom Stover, chief technology officer for Eaton’s 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 Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, was the overall winner
of this year’s Supermileage competition. The team, which received a
total score of 1,533 (1,145 mpg plus its Design Report score of 388),
won $1,500 and will be recognized at the SAE 2014 Commercial Vehicle
Engineering Congress held Oct 7-9 in Rosemont, Illinois.
Another Quebec school, École De Technologie Superieur, finished second
with a score of 1,517 (1,134 mpg plus 383 points for its Design Report),
followed closely by Brigham Young University’s tally of 1,514, which
included the best overall fuel economy run of 1,211 mpg – marking the
second straight year Brigham Young has had the most fuel efficient
vehicle in the competition. These schools received $1,200 and $900,
Rounding out the top five were teams from the University of
Massachusetts – Amherst with 1,485 (1,142 mpg plus 343 Design Report
points) and Penn State University – Behrend College with 1,410 (1,020
mpg plus 390 Design Report points).
A team from the University of California – Los Angeles won the Design
Report portion of the competition with a score of 408. The University of
Illinois – Urbana Champaign team won the Best Newcomer Award. The City
College of New York was chosen by the event organizing committee to have
the Best Design Execution; Ryerson University received the Best
Demonstrated Overall Team Attitude award; and Concordia University won
the 35th Anniversary Endurance Award (minimum of five
successful fuel economy runs).
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.
The winning team at the first Supermileage competition in 1980 achieved
558 mpg. Teams from 19 colleges competed in this year’s Supermileage
event, including five teams from Canada and one from Venezuela. Penn
State won the 2013 Supermileage competition.
SAE International is a global association with more than 138,000 member
engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and
commercial vehicle industries. Eaton’s partnership with SAE in
Supermileage stems from its broad portfolio of technologies designed to
improve the efficiency of specific systems and a vehicle’s overall fuel
Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion.
Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers
effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more
efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 102,000
employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.
For more information, visit www.eaton.com.
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