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The University of Michigan has had one of the preeminent solar car teams in the world for more than two decades, but a new group of students is looking to make its own mark in the world of green engineering. The school will be fielding its first entry in the annual SAE Supermileage competition this year.

SAE International's 2011 Supermileage competition kicks off today with technical inspections and practice runs. The competing vehicles, possibly the envy of eco-conscious drivers across the nation, routinely achieve a fuel efficiency rating of more than 2,000 miles per gallon. These fuel-frugal vehicles will partake in the event which is being held at the Eaton Corporation Marshall Proving Grounds in Marshall, MI.