|UBC team and winning vehicle. Click to enlarge. Photo: Morgan Lok
The University of British Columbia (UBC) took first in the collegiate division at the recent SAE Supermileage Competition with a vehicle that achieved 3,145 mpg (0.075 liters/100km)—the equivalent of driving from Vancouver to Halifax on a gallon of gas.
UBC’s student team has taken first place four out of the six years it has competed, with 2006 marking the fourth straight victory. Last year the UBC team beat out 27 teams by reaching 1,600 miles per gallon (mpg).
We achieved this level of efficiency by optimizing many aspects of the vehicle design, including: aerodynamics, light-weight construction, a small displacement engine (54 cc), and conservative driving habits.—UBC Team Captain Kevin Li
The UBC vehicle had a 3-ply carbonfibre body with a Cd of 0.11.
In second place was Université Laval (Que.) with 1,823 mpg. Other teams represented University of Windsor, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Pennsylvania State University, and the Delhi College of Engineering. Ivy Tech State College of Indiana took third with 1,314 mpg.
Mater Dei High School topped the high school division with 1,897 mpg.
Supermileage is an annual SAE student engineering competition that challenges students to design, build, and drive a single-person vehicle (powered solely by a gasoline engine) to achieve the best fuel mileage possible. The vehicle must be powered by only an internal combustion engine, with no assistance from electric motors or human propulsion.
(A hat-tip to Juniper Hunter and Travis Rassat!)