Team Achieves 2,564 MPG in Shell Eco-Marathon Americas

Electric vehicle manufacturers, eat you hearts out... The gazillion dollars you spent on creating electric vehicles with limited range might have been put to better use, had you had more people like the ones taking part in the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas on your payroll.

As you already know, last week the race for mpg started in Houston, Texas, where Shell organized, again, an event dedicated to all those who feel they might have a saying in the automotive world. The goal of the marathon was simple: travel as long as possible, while using as little fuel as possible.

A team comprised of students from the Universite Laval in Quebec, Canada, managed to break all records of fuel efficiency after their internal combustion-engined vehicle, which they entered in the Prototype class, managed to score a breathtaking 2,564.8 miles per gallon.

Called NTF 5.0, the unconventional bullet on wheels managed to land the Canadian team the third win in three consecutive years. For their efforts, the students have been rewarded with a prize worth $5,000.

"Every year, the competition at Shell Eco-marathon Americas gets a little tougher," said Anthony Bernier of Universite Laval.

"With more teams participating this year, there are a lot of really smart and innovative fuel-efficient ideas to be seen on and off the track. We put a lot of time and hard work into our vehicle this year and are very proud of how we did. We are excited to be Shell Eco-marathon Americas champions for the third year in a row and to have beat our mileage achieved last year!" 
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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