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Mass Meeting

We are  excited to have so much interest in Supermileage!

We had a great turnout at Festifall and Go North! Fest, and have received interest from all kinds of majors.

Our Mass Meeting is Thursday, September 19th at 7:00 PM in 1311 EECS on North Campus.

We will be talking more about the team, what we do, and what roles and responsibilities new members will have.

We will also see the vehicle and eat free food!


Go Blue!

Help us Win $5500 from Zipcar!

Our team has been chosen as a finalist for the Zipcar “Students with Drive” competition. We are competing against several other student teams across the country to win $5500 in Zipcar credit. The Zipcar money could help us drive to material stores, sponsorship companies, and to competitions. Please help our team out and vote for us here. Thank you Zipcar for selecting us as a finalist!

2013-2014 Team Leadership

Congratulations to our new leadership for the 2013-2014 competition season!

Chief Engineer: Karan Jain
Project Manager: Melissa Learman
Body Team Officer: Ted Lee
Engine Team Officer: Andy Dun
Integration and Driver Interface Officer: John Young
Rules and Safety Officer: Alex Yang
Controls Team Officer: David Coons
Race Strategy Team Officer: John Rockwell
Public Relations Chair: Agney Deshpande

Supermileage Fox News Interview

Last week Supermileage was interviewed by Fox News about our upcoming competition (Shell Ecomarathon in Houston, TX). You can watch the video interview featuring chief engineer David Coons here or read the article below:

University of Michigan students build super mileage car

By Robin Schwartz, Fox 2 News

It’s a challenge that gets students thinking and creating some amazing vehicles. The Shell Eco-marathon Americas takes place in April in Houston, Texas, and some University of Michigan students will be participating with a car they created.

“This car is made out of carbon fiber, so we’re able to use that to lightweight this car as much as possible,” said David Coons.

It weights about 110 pounds, and you won’t believe the gas mileage.

About 20 students on the U of M Super Mileage Team put their heads together to design and create the three-wheeled car. They said it will get more than 3,000 miles a gallon, which would set the North American record for fuel economy.

“It seems pretty crazy to say 3,000 miles to a gallon, but we’re pretty confident with the way that we developed the car that as long as everything works together and plays nicely with each other, the car is going to get that goal,” Coons said.

The students built the car using computer models. They focused on keeping it lightweight and aerodynamic. They said they did a lot of on the fly thinking during the construction. They even made their own windows by heating up plastic sheets bought in a hardware store.

The engine for the super mileage car started out as an ordinary lawn mower engine.

“We were able to modify it. We were running it much differently, and now we’re going to get over 3,000 miles to a gallon with it,” said Coons.

U of M will compete against dozens of teams. The energy efficient vehicles will hit the streets of Houston from April 5-7.

Supermileage in Times Square!

Check this out!

A picture of our engineering team leads with the Supermileage car is on a billboard in Times Square (and Las Vegas too)! Thanks to sponsor Freudenberg-NOK for the professional photo shoot. You can read the full article here!


-The UM Supermileage Team

Competition 2012 Results!

We want to extend a HUGE thank you to all of our supporters in our very first year!

We are proud to announce that at the SAE Supermileage Competition 2012, we placed 2nd in design, and 11th overall.

We passed tech inspection! The engine ran! We met many of our first year goals and had an incredible experience. Lots of fantastic people came out from the University to support us, as well as family and friends, and we are so happy about how this year has turned out. Next year’s team is feeling inspired and ready for the challenge of taking this project to the next level.

There are TONS of new photos in our gallery, so go check them out in the Media tab!