Student-Built Car Gets 2,487.5 MPG in Shell Eco-Marathon

For the second year in a row, a student team from Laval University in Canada has won the prototype category of the Shell Eco-Marathon competition in Houston, Texas. Last year the team achieved a mind-blowing 2,757.1 mpg, and this year — even with the addition of an actual street driving challenge — the team still managed to pull off 2,487.5 mpg with their Alerion Supermileage combustion engine powered vehicle (pictured above).

The Shell Eco-Marathon is an educational competition that challenges high school and college students from around the world to design and build ultra efficient vehicles. The winners in each category are the teams who can go the farthest distance on the least amount of fuel. Shell holds annual Eco-Marathon events in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Although the team from Laval won in the “Prototype” category, the “UrbanConcept” category entrants had vehicles that looked more like something you *might* drive. The winner in that category, a team from Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Indiana, also took the grand prize for the second year in a row with 437.2 mpg in their humbly named vehicle, George (pictured below)

Other winners in the Prototype category included a fuel-cell vehicle team from Cicero North Syracuse High School team in Cicero, New York, and the Purdue University Solar Racing Team with its Pulsar vehicle. The Cicero team eeked out 780.9 mpg equivalent in their Clean Green Machine while the Purdue team got 4,548 mpg equivalent.

Nick Chambers

Not your traditional car guy.