CU Engineers Awarded For Super Gas Mileage

CU Engineers Awarded For Super Gas Mileage

Nate McLeese, Nathan Roy, Earl Girouard, Alan McIver, Trenton Simon, and team advisor Dr. Larry Zavodney pose with Gold Lightning II. Gold Lightning II achieved 1,240 mpg earning the team second place at the 28th Annual SAE International SupermileageĀ® competition held in Marshall, Mich. Photo credit: Larry Zavodney

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

June 29, 2007

Cedarville, Ohio—With gas prices on the rise, the pressure to find alternative fuels and improve fuel economy just keeps increasing. To encourage creative research on these issues, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) held its 28th Annual SAE International Supermileage® competition June 7-8 to see which engineering students could come up with the best “supermileage” on their self-designed and self-built vehicles.

Ready for the challenge, 10 Cedarville engineering students and their advisor, Dr. Larry Zavodney, designed and built two sleek cars, made to run frugally on regular automotive gasoline.

At the Eaton Corporation Marshall Proving Grounds in Marshall, Mich., Cedarville’s Gold Lightning II took second place with 1,240 miles per gallon. To put this into perspective, the car could have driven to California on less than two gallons of gas.

The competition included 32 schools from the U.S., Canada, India, and Bahrain. Schools such as Rose-Hulman (1,541 mpg), UCLA (832 mpg), and the University of Dayton (188 mpg) competed.