University of Toronto wins Shell Eco-Marathon 2015 with 3,421 mpg

Heartbreak For Favorites Universite Laval On Last Attempt

Cedarville Team at the 2015 Shell Eco-Marathon
Cedarville Team at the 2015 Shell Eco-Marathon / Image Credit: Shell
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At last year's Shell Eco-Marathon, the overall winning team was Université Laval with a winning score of 2,824 miles per gallon. The winning number varies so wildly from year to year that the champion team in 2013 got 3,587 mpg and there have been teams that managed to wring out over 8,000 mpg from their ultralight, hyper-efficient vehicles. For the 2015 event, the win was secured with a 3,421 mpg result from the University of Toronto. This was the ninth running of the Shell Eco-marathon Americas and the first time in Detroit.

It was a welcome win for the students from Toronto, since they almost beat Laval last year and trailed Laval this year until the seventh and final trial. UT driver Kristine Confalone said in a statement that, "We had problems with our battery, and our steering actually broke. We were one of the last cars on the track. We were really lucky to be able to go again right after and get that last one in."

For the results in the other categories – including most efficient prototype electric vehicle (the Mater Dei High SchoolMater Dei Supermileage 3 team, with 724 kilometers per kWh) or the best Urban Concpet diesel vehicle (the Alden-Conger High SchoolKnights 3, with 216 km per liter), you can go to the official results page.

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