Help Build the 2020 Supermileage Vehicle!
Each year the LTU Blue Devil Motorsports SAE Supermileage team is challenged to design, manufacture, and test a vehicle that will compete to achieve the highest miles per gallon (MPG) possible. Our team consists of about 11 students working together on various subsystems that will come together into a high tech and innovative vehicle. We strive to gain as much knowledge and experience from this project as possible. LTU's 2018 team holds the school record of 369 MPG. For 2020, we have set a goal of 700 MPG!
Blue Devil Motorsports SAE Supermileage is a student-run project team that requires the help of donors like you to fabricate our vehicle! Each year, schools from across the world gather to compete and gain the highest MPG possible. By supporting our team, you will be providing the team with the ability to improve upon last year’s design and fabricate our vehicle using the most advanced materials available.
Our team works together for approximately one year to build each high mileage vehicle. The vehicle requires thousands of hours of work from students to create a highly fuel efficient vehicle. The project requires students to problem solve and think outside the box, taking the theory learned in the classroom and putting it into practice.
Our 2020 vehicle is going to be the most advanced and efficient car the LTU Supermileage team has ever designed and built. With the implementation of LTU's first ever monocoque body design, we will construct the lightest and most aerodynamic vehicle ever built at LTU. The monocoque body design allows the body and chassis to be integrated into one, where the body itself will provide support for the powertrain, steering, and braking systems, as well as the driver. This will reduce the weight of last year's body by approximately 25%, allowing us to achieve a record MPG. Furthermore, the team will make improvements to the powertrain and drivetrain systems. The single cylinder Briggs and Stratton engine will be insulated to increase the running temperature. The engine will include a modified piston head and a reduced cylinder bore diameter.
SAE Supermileage is a student engineering competition that competes annually at the Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall, Michigan. The competition includes static and dynamic events. The static events consist of a design review and safety inspection, as well as steering, breaking, tilt and roll bar load tests. The dynamic event of the competition consists of six laps around a 1.6 mile track using the least amount of fuel possible. In order to excel in these events, SAE Supermileage requires the best and brightest students that combine theory and practice to design and fabricate an innovative and cutting-edge vehicle.
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