It’s a long way from Granite Falls to Houston, but the trip’s not so bad if your vehicle gets 231 miles per gallon.
That’s the case for a group of students from Granite Falls High School who built an ultra high-mileage vehicle to compete in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas last week.
The team ended up winning second place in the UrbanConcept Diesel Engine category with a top run of 231 miles per gallon. The competition was tough; Lousiana Tech University won the category with a run of 488.7 miles per gallon.
In the gasoline category, Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Ind., won with a phenomenal 2,188 mile per gallon run.
Granite Falls also took home a special safety award for being one of two teams that made the most effort to comply with the event’s safety regulations.
Teacher Michael Werner, a former race car mechanic, has been sending teams to compete in the events since 2009.
Werner said the cars will be on display on Saturday, April 14, at the Paccar Technical Center open house in Mount Vernon. They’ll also be at the Future of Flight Museum at Paine Field on April 22 and the Seattle Science Festival at Seattle Center on June 2.
Here are a few pictures of the school’s “urban concept” diesel vehicle: