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SAE International's Supermileage® Competition Set to Roll June 5-6 at Eaton Proving Grounds

WARRENDALE, Pa., June 3, 2014 -

While industry leaders are scrambling to find answers for escalating gas prices, teams of students from Universities from around the world are gearing up to compete in the event that could hold all the answers – SAE International Supermilieage®.  Teams will be arriving in the next few days to prepare for the June 5-6 competition at the Eaton Corporation Marshall Proving Grounds in Marshall, Mich.

Built over the course of a year or more, these one-manned, lawn mower engine-powered vehicles can reach an average of over 3,000 miles per gallon of gasoline, the record currently being held by Université Laval with an astounding 3,169 miles per gallon.  This year’s event will witness 29 teams from the United States, Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, and India vying for the top spot as most fuel efficient car.

Abbreviated Event Schedule:

Thursday, June 5

8:45 a.m. – Registration opens

9:45 a.m. – Technical Inspections and Verbal Design Presentations

1:00 p.m. – Track opens for practice/walking inspection

4:00 p.m. – Registration and Technical Inspection closes

5:00 p.m. – Most Visually Appealing Vehicle Contest

6:00 p.m. – Award Presentation for Design

Friday, June 6

7:45 – Eaton Corporation Proving Grounds open for event

9:00 a.m. – Fuel Economy runs begin

5:00 p.m. – Last Fuel Economy run begins

6:30 p.m. – Banquet and Awards Ceremony

Spectators are always welcome to attend Collegiate Design Series Events free of charge.  However, only registered attendees who have signed liability waivers and are wearing the issued wristband may access the designated Team Paddocks.

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Since its inception more than 30 years ago as a way to generate public awareness in the area of fuel economy, the Supermileage® competition offers a simple yet challenging goal: to build a one-person, fuel-efficient vehicle based around a one-cylinder, four-cycle engine. (Engines are donated by Briggs & Stratton). In this competition, the highest mpg average over a 9.6 mile course wins the event. Supermileage® is part of SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series™. Other competitions in the series include Baja SAE®, Clean Snowmobile Challenge™, Formula SAE® and Aero Design®.

Eaton’s partnership with SAE International in Supermileage® stems from its expansive portfolio of automotive products that deliver enhanced fuel economy ratings by improving overall and specific system efficiencies. The company also has a strong commitment to encouraging young engineers to pursue careers in the automotive industry.

SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 145,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our charitable arm, the SAE Foundation, which helps fund programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.


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