Evansville Mater Dei High School entered Elroy into Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2013.

Photograph courtesy Mater Dei Supermileage Team

School: Evansville Mater Dei High School

Team: Mater Dei Supermileage Team

Car Name: Elroy (Gasoline Urban Concept category)

What is special about your car? In its first year of competition, Elroy recorded an astounding 849.2 mpg and set a new Shell Eco-marathon Americas record in the Urban Concept class. Putting this into perspective, the brand new vehicle can take a trek from New York City to Atlanta on a single gallon of gasoline! This incredible fact is not the only exceptional quality of the car. Another happens to be in the slick and sleek design. After months of sanding, sanding some more, and making molds, Elroy finally was constructed from a carbon fiber body. This incredibly light material, along with an aluminum frame, produced a car weighing only 191 pounds, or 87 kilograms! With the team's hard work and dedication, Elroy exceeded all expectations at this year's Eco-marathon.

Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? The Mater Dei Supermileage Team values the importance and significance of creating, designing, and improving fuel-efficient cars. Every year, the team tries to construct a brand new vehicle for the Shell competition. This process takes almost a year and culminates in the competition in Houston, Texas. During the complicated task, future engineers and students interested in the automotive industry learn valuable life lessons. Mater Dei is proud to know that these students are then able to enter into their future careers understanding the importance of conserving energy. This particular knowledge can have a limitless impact on the world and fuel efficiency for years to come.

Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? Preparing for this short event involves a great deal of inspiration especially in the early stages of the process. One thing that inspires these students is the participation of incredible advisors. Without their guidance and support, Mater Dei would have a difficult time competing at Eco-marathon. These advisors not only inspire the students to work harder but are also great role models for life in general.

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