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Ready for 2,843 mpg?

Are you ready for a vehicle that boasts of 2,843 in mpg?

Automobile manufacturers right now take pride in their cars that can make a respectable 40-plus or a 50 plus in mpg. That’s quite a feat when it comes to fuel efficiency. Leading the way is of course, the hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius. But then this can be rivaled, at least in theory by a vehicle that registered 2,843 mpg. That’s right, you read it correctly. This green and mean machine took part in the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas that was held at the California Speedway in Fontana, California. The team from the Mater Dei High School of Evansville, Ind developed their three-wheeled combustion-engine vehicle and in the process breaking the record of the said competition. The vehicle achieved 2,843.4 miles per gallon.

The said event was attended by 300 students in 32 teams coming from four high schools and 23 universities from US and as far as Canada and Mexico. Aside from the combustion-powered vehicle of the grand winner; the other entries in the competition featured 25 vehicles that are powered by combustion engines, four vehicles that are powered by fuel cell/hydrogen technology, one by diesel fuel, one by LPG and two vehicles are powered by solar power.

The grand prize went to the Mater Dei High School, and this same school also took the honors for the combustion engine category.  The College of the Redwoods of California netted 304.5 mpg which is powered by diesel; the LPG-powered entry of Schurr High School in Montebello California got 163.5 mpg; Penn State got 1,668.3 mpg and is powered by fuel cell technology and the Purdue University achieved 2,861.8 mpg. Wait insn’t the entry of Purdue University netted a higher mpg? Contest rules do not allow solar vehicles to compete for the grand prize, so the entry from Mater Dei got the prize.

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