1,115 Miles Per Gallon – It’s Already a Reality
1,115 miles to the gallon – that seems like a typo but it is actually correct. The Shop Girls, an all-female team from Granite Falls High School in Washington State built an engine that could get 1,115 miles per gallon, which landed them with a first place prize at the Shell Eco-marathon in Detroit Michigan in 2016. The competition asks that high school and college students around the country create the most fuel-efficient vehicle as possible. The winner is determined by the amount of fuel that is used on a 10-lap course that has to be completed within 24 minutes. Their carbon-fiber car looks similar to an aerodynamic three-wheel racer, with a $1,600 fuel-efficient diesel engine.
Last year’s second place winner, in the same category, only got 524 miles per gallon. The Shop Girls have a lot of work to do to break this record, but they are certain they can do so. The Shop Girls have been quoted to say when car makers say they cannot improve the mileage of their vehicles, they should get a few tips from The Shop Girls – because it is totally possible! It might not be possible to jump from 50 miles to the gallon to 1,000 – but there are steps that can be taken to start the improvement process for the vehicles we drive every day on the road.