David Chamberlain, Scott Christensen, Jessica Collyer, Will Everett, Jordan Freeman, Justin Gessel, Chris La Fontaine, Jonathan Priedeman, Zachary Sadler, Joey Schindler, Lars Watts
To improve previous work the team has set goals to understand the engine more and make improvements to.
The team was able to design and build a Supermileage vehicle that was able to achieve 1380mpg during tests and is expected to get at least 2000mpg at the 2016 Shell Eco Marathon event. We were able to design, build and run a 47cc engine in the vehicle that is 19% efficient. We also decreased the weight of the vehicle by 10 pounds, reduced the rolling friction to 0.0017 and reduced the drag area coefficient to 0.0025.
The team found that the key to success was modeling and testing. The team was able to model the performance of the Supermileage vehicle and know how different parameters such as engine efficiency, rolling friction, drag area coefficient and weight affected the vehicle. After modeling we went to work to create the ideal car based on our model. We also tested components to make sure they functioned as expected.