Seeing the post by SharpSpeed led to me reminiscing about my days in Super Mileage at MSOE. Definitely the most fun and most rewarding thing I did in college, both to build the car and be lucky enough to be the driver.
I won’t go into too much detail but this one was powered by a little Briggs and Stratton single cylinder engine that was sleeved down to I think 40 (50?) cubic centimeters. Everything else in the car was pretty much hand built from the body, to the frame, to the steering components.
In 2012 I drove the car in the Shell EcoMarathon where we got 633 mpg and at the SAE Super Mileage Competition where we got 842 mpg. Both of those didn’t even crack the top three in the competitions but I believe still stand as the records at MSOE.
Anyway, here are some pictures from the SAE competition at the Eaton Proving Grounds. I hit 40 mph in this thing when I needed to make up time and it was terrifying.