BYU's new super-mileage car goes the distance

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  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    June 12, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    Over a THOUSAND miles on a single gallon of gasoline?


    And yet, what do we do?....the liberals scream bloody murder over drilling for oil to use for gasoline (gasoline is one of the most efficient forms of fuel there is) and instead endlessly lobby to take our food (corn, in particular) and make a product (ethanol) that takes MORE energy to create than the energy in the finished product itself.


    As for BYU: good job guys!

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2013 12:10 p.m.


    The key process they used to improve gas mileage (note spelling) is to reduce the weight of the vehicle and probably found a smaller driver, too. Reduced weight increases efficiency...nothing new there.

    To get 1,300 miles from a tank of gas at 15 mph would require someone to drive more than 86 hours. Seriously?? Are the results calculated or demonstrated?

    Congratulations to these schools.

  • bricha lehi, ut
    June 12, 2013 11:25 a.m.


    I disagree completely on your comment that the Tesla car is useless! CNN was able to drive it from DC to Boston, I might be stretching a bit, but I think that might be a long enough range to get you to and from work everyday :).

    But that aside, I think this is great new for BYU, while this car would never be used on the road, some of the processes they are using might to improve gas milage for all of us.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    Seems everyone wants to miss the point.

    This article didn't focus on the competitive but on our local school excelling and showing the potential of fuel efficiency.

    I care about showcasing our school in a local paper and I care to know that such potential exists. I don't care at all "who wins everything". For those who's interests are in BYU or the progress being made here, it doesn't really matter who gets 1st place.

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    June 12, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    So, if a 99 pound car going 15 miles per hour can get 1300 miles to the gallon, can a 400 pound car go 60 miles per hour and get 320 miles to the gallon?

  • Fitz Murray, UT
    June 12, 2013 9:48 a.m.

    AH, the world of academia. This is a Quixotic quest that is, most likely, worthless. They may, one day in the distant future, get a significant increase in gas mileage. But this car has no use in every day life. It would get a no star rating in safety, would not carry a family of two, yet alone a family of 5, and at a max speed of 25 mph, it would never get you to where you need to go. It is somewhat like a Telsa car, you only get the claimed gas mileage if you stay within very narrow driving protocol. In fact, it wouldn't carry me, I wouldn't fit and my weight would drop the fuel mileage. It is nice that they play with such things, but until the are commercially viable, it is simple a Quixotic dream. Travel on Don Quixote.

    BTW, an estimate of fuel mileage is meaningless. Surely, with all the science today, they could at least track an actual number and not an estimate.

  • Tah Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    From CBS Detriot;
    "A team from Pennsylvania State University’s Behrend College was this year’s overall winner. It received a total score of 1,656 (1,290 mpg plus its Design Report score of 366) and won $1,400.

    Brigham Young University finished second with a score of 1,592, which included the best overall fuel economy run of 1,331 mpg, followed by Northern Illinois University’s tally of 1,423 (1,173 mpg plus 250 design). The schools received $1,100 and $900, respectively."

  • joe9 MAPLETON, UT
    June 12, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    can't they just change the competition to, who can make the most fuel efficient car? seems like that would be a little more useful...

  • fish8 Vernal, UT
    June 12, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    It appears the goal was fuel milage so how if your car gets the best fuel milage does it place 2nd? More info is needed in the article.