University of British Columbia Wins SAE Supermileage Competition with Eco-Friendly Vehicle
Warrendale, Pa., June 22, 2004 - The University of British Columbia took the top spot in a competition in which the champion team is rewarded not for speed, but for fuel-efficiency. Achieving an impressive 1747 miles per gallon, British Columbia's eco-friendly vehicle gained a notable improvement from its third place finish of 927 miles per gallon last year. This win marked the 25th anniversary for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Supermileage competition, which took place in Marshall, Mi. on June 11-12.
British Columbia edged out 22 other universities to take the title, with the California State University of Los Angeles and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology of Indiana coming in second and third place, respectively. The Ecole Technologie Superior of Montreal earned a close win over British Columbia in the category of engineering design.
In the high school competition, the Evansville Matre Dei came out on top with 1352 miles per gallon, edging out runner-up Winamac, whose team won first place in design. Last year's winner, Homestead, finished third.
The goal of the Supermileage Competition was simple yet challenging: teams built a one-person vehicle based around a small, four-cycle engine to run through a specified course. Vehicles with the highest mileage rate won. Two hundred students representing 33 schools participated, gaining real world engineering experience in a competitive setting of advanced education and teamwork.
The competition has been a part of SAE's Collegiate Design Series since 1980, when it began as a way to generate public awareness in the area of fuel economy after the energy crisis of the 1970s. Since then, fuel efficiency and fuel consumption have become vital buzzwords in automotive engineering.