Cal Poly car gets 2,752 MPG

February 22, 2010

A team of Cal Poly mechanical engineering students is prepping a high-mileage, three-wheeled car for national competition. If all goes as planned, the vehicle will deliver 2,752 mpg–more than than 13 times higher than what General Motors claims their Chevy Volt can deliver. [Autotopia]

The Cal Poly Supermileage Club combines Poly students from a senior project team and a mechanical engineering club to develop vehicles that deliver high mpg. Their pet project is the so-called “Black Widow,” a car that has already won awards in national competition for three straight years.

The car, first created when the club reorganized in 2005, started off with 851 mpg. Working together, the students have raised that to an astonishing 2,752 mpg. The car weighs 91 pounds and operates on a modified 3 horsepower Honda 50 cc four-stroke engine–allowing for a maximum speed of 30 mph.

The “Black Widow” will compete on the streets of downtown Houston in the 2010 Eco-Marathon, to be held March 26-28.