Event: The UBC Supermileage Team will demonstrate two cars in advance of the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas competition for ultra energy-efficient vehicles
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 19, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: University Hill Secondary School parking lot, south-side
3228 Ross Drive, Vancouver BC
Editors/reporters: Please confirm attendance at media demonstration. Contact Connor Schellenberg-Beaver at 778.987.0440 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The UBC Supermileage Team has developed two vehicles, the Odysseus and the Mark VIII, to send to the annual Shell Eco-Marathon Americas competition for ultra energy-efficient vehicles on April 4 in Houston, Texas.
Resembling a Smartcar, the 200-lbs Odysseus is a single-passenger, four-wheeled vehicle and is a significant improvement over last year’s entry in the urban concept category, the 288-mile per gallon Argo.
“This year we focused on building a new body to reduce air drag,” says UBC Supermileage Team Captain Connor Schellenberg-Beaver, a fourth-year engineering student. “We also optimized the weight of the vehicle and will be relying on efficient driving habits such as eliminating unnecessary acceleration and braking.”
The futuristic bullet-shaped Mark VIII is entered in the prototype category. It is a remake of the team’s award-winning 2006 vehicle that achieved 3,145 miles per gallon.
UBC will compete against 100 teams from North and South America including California Polytechnic State University, Purdue University and the University of California at Berkeley.
Learn more about the Shell Eco Marathon America competition at: http://www.shell.us/home/content/usa/environment_society/eco_marathon/