Mater Dei High School and University of British Columbia Take Top Honors at Supermileage

WARRENDALE, Pa. (June 15, 2005) - With a top fuel economy of 1,836 miles per gallon (mpg), Mater Dei High School of Evansville, Ind., finished first at the 2005 Supermileage competition at the Eaton Corporation Proving Grounds in Marshall, Mich. The University of British Columbia finished first in the collegiate division with a top fuel economy of 1,608 mpg. Both schools have won first place overall for two consecutive years.

SAE's Supermileage competition began in 1980 as a means of generating awareness of fuel economy to the public. Competitors are faced with a simple yet challenging task: to build a one-person, fuel-efficient vehicle around a small, four-cylinder engine. (Engines are donated by Briggs & Stratton) The team whose vehicle achieves the highest amount of miles per gallon wins the event.

This year, 28 collegiate teams and eight high school teams entered the competition. Mishawaka High School of Mishawaka, Ind., finished second in the high school division with 972 mpg and South Spencer High School of Rockport, Ind. rounded out the top three with a finish of 756 mpg. The second place finish in the collegiate division went to the University of Quebec of Canada with 1,584 mpg and Ivy Tech State College of Evansville, Ind., finished third with 1,529 mpg for their vehicle.

Schools receiving awards at the 26th Anniversary competition were Delhi College's School of Engineering of India for "Most Visually Appealing Vehicle" and "Best Team Attitude," and the University of Quebec for "Best Design Proposal, Collegiate Division."

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 Collegiate Design Series.