Breaking 2,500 mpg, Canadian Team Wins High-Efficiency Race
Québec’s Université Laval and Louisiana Tech University take the top prizes in the Shell Eco-marathon.
Gliding ten laps around downtown Houston in what looked more like a low-riding white rocket ship than a car, a team of students from Université Laval of Québec City marked a new achievement in fuel efficiency this weekend.
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For the third straight year, the Canadian team called Alerion Supermileage won the Shell Eco-marathon Americas student design competition; its 2,564.8 mile-per-gallon (1,090 kilometer-per-liter) run beat its own previous year's performance by 77 mpg (33 km/l).
It may seem an unimaginable feat to U.S. drivers accustomed to eking out 22.6 mpg on average, but the two-day Eco-marathon event is a chance for young mechanics and aspiring engineers to demonstrate that fuel consumption can