It has happened again. While Detroit has been off talking about "alternative cars" as mythical as the Chupacabra (i.e. the Chevy Volt), students went off and built a vehicle that achieves 2,487.5 miles per gallon.
It was a team from Laval University in Quebec, Canada who took the Grand Prize at this year's Shell Eco-Marathon...again. They won last year with a jaw-dropping 2,757.1 MPG. The challenge took place this past weekend with over 40 different custom-built eco-vehicles. The roster included 42 teams from 9 high schools and 28 universities from across the Americas.
The race had two categories--Prototype or UrbanConcept. The Prototypes are a set of oddly streamlined, high performing vehicles that choose fuel efficiency over aesthetics. UrbanConcepts are a little more road worthy and better suited for "real life." Whatever that means.
Teams can use whatever energy source suits them best, from gasoline to a flux capacitor. Of course alternatives like hydrogen, biomass and solar are also popular. But only one will take you back in time!
The Prototype entry had 28 vehicles powered by combustion engines, 5 fuel cell/hydrogen vehicles, 2 solar and 2 powered by diesel. The UrbanConcept course included 6 combustion engines, 2 by diesel, 1 hydrogen and 1 by solar.
Source: Green Car Congress