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Good Gas Mileage? How Does 2,000 MPG Sound?

Warrendale, PA, June 6, 2005 - With the cost of fuel prices in the headlines everyday, collegiate teams in SAE's Supermileage engineering competition could be the envy of many drivers. Their competition vehicles can get 1,000, 1,500, even up to 2,000 miles per gallon. These vehicles will be featured in the event that will be held June 9-10 at the Eaton Corporation at their Proving Grounds in Marshall, Mich.

Begun as a way to generate public awareness in the area of fuel economy in 1980, the Supermileage competition offers a simple yet challenging goal: to build a one-person, fuel-efficient vehicle based around as small, four-cycle engine. (Engines are donated by Briggs & Stratton) Competitors don't race against the clock or to a checkered flag; the highest miles per gallon wins the event.

There are 28 collegiate teams entered in this year's competition. Defending champion for Supermileage is the University of British Columbia at 1,747.47 mpg. Supermileage is the only SAE competition that includes high school teams. Eight teams have entered this year and the defending champion is Evansville, Ind., Mater Dei at 1,352.58 mpg.

Event schedule:

Thursday, June 9
1:00 p.m. - Track opens for practice for vehicles - Only Technical Inspection Approved Vehicles may practice
4:00 p.m. - Track closes for practice

Friday, June 10
9:00 a.m. - Vehicle runs begin on track
10:00 a.m. - Technical Inspection opens in Truck Garage
4:30 p.m. - Technical Inspection closes
5:00 p.m. - Last vehicle run begins

Supermileage is part of SAE's Collegiate Design Series, a series of student engineering competitions that include Mini Baja, Formula SAE, Aero Design, Clean Snowmobile Challenge, and Robot Systems Challenge. For more information on these competitions, please visit SAE's Collegiate Design Series