The Blue Devil Motorsports team from Lawrence Technological University won the Best Newcomer Performance Award at the 36th SAE Supermileage competition held in Marshall, Michigan, in June.
LTU’s vehicle, Alpha, successfully completed three runs and drove for almost two hours on the track with fuel consumption of 358 miles per gallon. The team earned $700 and a plaque for its performance.
The Supermileage competition provides engineering and technology students with a challenging design project that involves the development and construction of a single-person, fuel-efficient vehicle. Vehicles are powered by a small four-cycle engine from Briggs & Stratton. One goal of the competition is to increase public awareness of fuel economy.
This is the first time in 13 years that LTU has sent a team to the Supermileage competition, and the newcomer competition is for teams that haven’t participated in the past three years.
In April the team participated in the Shell Eco-Marathon held in Detroit.
“Participating in the Shell Eco-Marathon helped us significantly,” said LTU Assistant Professor Liping Liu, the team’s faculty advisor. “It set a pre-deadline that made us much better prepared for the SAE Supermileage competition.”