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Student-Built Car Gets 3,587 MPG in Competition

•, By Keith Barry
 Not that you’d want to. See, the 3,587 mpg bobsled-on-wheels was built as part of Shell’s Eco-marathon Americas, in which high school and college students compete to built energy-efficient vehicles. It’s the fourth time in five years that students from Quebec’s Université Laval won in the prototype gasoline category, breaking the competition’s record for most efficient gasoline vehicle. It’s also an important validation for the team, who bowed out of last year’s trials amidst engine trouble.

“We took our frustrations from last year’s event and used them as motivation to return better than ever,” said Laval team manager Philippe Bouchard. “We trained our new team members and spent twice as much time fine-tuning the engine and building the car.”

Laval’s feat was certainly impressive, but it’s only the best result in North and South America. In the European Eco-marathon, a French team hit 8,914 back in 2003. That record still stands.

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