Springfield High School Supermileage Challenge team — from left: Andi Hoffmann, Shayla Sprenger, Kaylie Windschitl, Dan Sargent, Justin Haugo, Chris Longsdorf, Tanner Weisensel, Luke Wenisch and Andrew Beckman.

Tigers are runner-up at State Supermileage Challenge

Springfield High School Supermileage team finished second in the Stock division in the 29th Annual Minnesota Technology and Engineering Educators Association Chall-enge in Brainerd May 15-16. 

The Tigers built a car that averaged 519.70 mpg and was runner-up to Alden-Conger that averaged 827.69 mpg in six runs around the track at Brainerd International Raceway. 

In an effort to increase support and promote technology education, public awareness in the area of fuel economy and student involvement, a fuel economy competition is held every spring. Competing students and clubs are challenged to build a one-person, low-weight, go-kart type vehicles with low-friction and fuel efficiency powered by a single cylinder four stroke cycle engine. 

The Tiger car completed 30 runs of 31 attempted. In its best run, the car got 580.85 mpg.

While Springfield was runner-up to the southeast Minnesota school Supermileage team that is the two-time defending North & South American Champion (amongst colleges and high schools), and last year finished third in the world at the Shell Eco-Marathon international competition in London, England; the Tigers built a stronger car than Alden-Conger. Springfield’s car completed 183 miles in 30 rounds on the track while Alden-Conger’s only completed 8 runs and had more than a dozen DNF (did not finish) runs; still Alden-Conger’s best six runs averaged better than Springfield’s. “Supermileage Challenge organizers who’ve been at the event for more than 25 years, said they never remember a car putting on that many miles without a breakdown like ours did this year, our only DNF was due to a dead battery,” said the team’s coach, T.J. Brown, Ag Education and Industrial Technology Instructor at Springfield High School. “The point of the challenge is fuel efficiency but all the other teams were blown away by our car’s durability, only about two handfuls of the over 100 cars completed more than ten runs.”

The Tigers six-run average of 519.70 mpg put them soundly ahead of Braham who was third with an average of 451.22mpg and Chisago Lakes who was fourth with 440.36mpg. In fact, Springfield’s mark was almost 200 mpg better than all the cars in all the other fuel classes; modified, E-85, and experimental.

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