A student team from Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Ind., won the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas and set a new mileage record in the process.

A team from the University of British Columbia finished fourth in the combustion engine category, followed by Quebec’s Universite Laval in fifth spot. The competition is for student teams to design, build and test fuel-efficient prototype vehicles that travel the farthest distance using the least amount of fuel.

The winning combustion-engine prototype achieved an equivalent of 1,208.6 km per litre, or 2,843.4 miles per gallon.
Three teams broke the mileage record set in 2007.

The ’08 challenge included 32 teams (four high schools and 23 universities) from Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

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