SAE International’s Supermileage® Competition Set for June 6-7 at Eaton Proving Grounds

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Gas prices may be increasing as the summer months near, but so are the gas mileage numbers for SAE International’s Supermileage® competition, set for June 6-7 at Eaton’s Proving Grounds in Marshall, Michigan.

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Hand-built by college students, these vehicles can get 1,000; 2,000; even up to 3,000 miles per gallon. Supermileage® is hosted by Eaton.

Gas prices may be increasing as the summer months near, but so are the gas mileage numbers for SAE International’s Supermileage® competition, set for June 6-7 at Eaton’s Proving Grounds in Marshall, Michigan.

Hand-built by college students, these vehicles can get 1,000; 2,000; even up to 3,000 miles per gallon. Supermileage® is hosted by Eaton. There are nearly 30 collegiate teams entered in this year's competition. Teams represent schools from Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States.

Event Schedule:

Thursday, June 6
9 a.m. – Registration opens
9:45 a.m. – Technical inspection opens in truck garage
1 p.m. – Track opens for practice for vehicles approved through technical inspection only
3:30 p.m. – Track closes for practice
4 p.m. – Registration and technical inspection close

Friday, June 7
9 a.m. – Vehicle runs begin on track
9:30 a.m. – Technical inspection opens in Truck Garage
4:30 p.m. – Technical inspection closes
5 p.m. – Last vehicle run begins

Press credentials can be obtained by emailing pr(at)sae(dot)org.

Since its inception more than 30 years ago as a way to generate public awareness in the area of fuel economy, the Supermileage® competition offers a simple yet challenging goal: to build a one-person, fuel-efficient vehicle based around a one-cylinder, four-cycle engine. (Engines are donated by Briggs & Stratton.) In this competition, the highest mpg average over a 9.6 mile course wins the event. Supermileage® is part of SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series™. Other competitions in the series include Baja SAE®, Clean Snowmobile Challenge™, Formula SAE® and Aero Design®.

Eaton’s partnership with SAE International in Supermileage® stems from its expansive portfolio of automotive products that deliver enhanced fuel economy ratings by improving overall and specific system efficiencies. The company also has a strong commitment to encouraging young engineers to pursue careers in the automotive industry.

SAE International is a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.

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