Friday, November 18, 2005

10,705 Miles Per Gallon

Who says Gas Companies are not into saving fuel? The Shell Eco-Marathon is an annual fuel economy competition held in the UK with competitors ranging from 11 year-old students through to senior university academics and semi professional independent teams.

The rules are simple - build a machine which uses the least fuel possible while averaging averaging more than 15mph around a circuit. Beyond engine efficiency, there are many related design considerations which influence the final fuel economy returned, such as aerodynamics, rolling resistance and driving techniques.

A new world economy record was set during the event when Team MicroJoule achieved an average fuel consumption of 10,705 mpg!

Note from Technophile: To put that in perspective, that's the distance from London to Melbourne, Australia on less than one gallon of fuel!

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