A team of engineering students from the University of Wisconsin three-peated the annual Future Truck of the year award for 2004, after winning in both 2202 & 2003. What makes the Badgers the new dynasty to beat in a competition that takes a stock 2002 Ford Explorer and tweaks it for better fuel efficiency & cleaner emissions without drawing from the vehicles performance? The mighty Badgers boosted mileage by 33% using a bio-diesel/hybrid engine and reduced emissions with a specialized catalytic converter and filter. The best part is reading the quotes from the winning team. They sound like any college athlete after the big game. "It was a real team effort, a lot of hard work and no sleep, but it was fun," said Dan Bocci, student participant/engineering badass, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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