We are the signature design team at UMASS Amherst.
We work to answer the question: How efficient can a gasoline-powered vehicle possibly be?
Our vehicle is tested on the Indy 500 track during the Shell Eco-marathon on April 3-7.
By donating to our team, you will help us pay for travel expenses to and from the competition in April, as well as tools and materials.
About the Vehicle
The current SMV vehicle features an ultra-light carbon fiber monocoque body that was designed, molded, and hand-laid by UMass students. It is powered by a 50cc Honda four-stroke engine and drives at about 20 mph. We are currently adding an electronic fuel injection system and designing a new camshaft, one of the most highly loaded engine components. This year's vehicle will feature an onboard telemetry system to track vehicle metrics on the go, such as real-time fuel consumption data and optimal speeds.
About the Team
The team was founded in 1995 and has historically competed in the SAE Supermileage Competition, which was discontinued last summer. Right now, the team is working to comply with the rules of a new competition, the Shell Eco-marathon.
The current UMASS record is 1152 miles per gallon in competition. This year, we are aiming to break 2000 mpg!
We will greatly appreciate your donation!
You can follow our progress on these pages: