Some of them looked like a box on wheels while others looked like motorized bullets. All benefited from a wide variety of materials, engineering and creativity to power their “car” around Brainerd International Raceway’s Donnybrooke Road Course during the 29th Annual Supermileage Challenge, May 15-16.
Student teams from more than 75 high schools from around the state entered 119 cars in the event this year, all of which were designed and engineered by students. The goal is to build a single-person vehicle with a single-cylinder, four-stroke engine that is super fuel efficient. That’s done by running the vehicles around BIR’s track and then measuring the amount of fuel used.
It’s incredible to see these high school boys and girls working together. Awards are given for the best fuel efficiency in five classes: Stock, Modified, Experimental, E-85 and Plug-In Electric.
This event is sponsored by The Minnesota Technology and Engineering Education Association, Briggs and Stratton, Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association and Brainerd International Raceway.
Click here to watch a great video on the event by Briggs & Stratton.
Click here for videos from this year’s event.