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Pride in Titan's high mileage vehicle

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April 25, 2016
UDM’s student high mileage vehicle team logs an amazing 357 miles per gallon in the Shell Eco-Marathon this weekend.

More than 1,000 high school, college and university students from seven countries across the Americas competed in one of the world’s most energy-efficient races.

The competition saw more than 120 teams showcase their custom-built super mileage vehicles.

UDM’s team, Titan Motorsport Racing, upgraded its vehicle from last year including a fuel injection system and a new lighter body.

“Seeing something that you have put so many hours into come together in the end is heartwarming,” says Grace Burnside, one of the team’s drivers.  “Whether it's hearing the car run for the first time or turning the key, there is nothing but pride  knowing that the team built it.” 

Grace Burnside, one of the drivers for the Titan team

Grace Burnside, one of the drivers for the Titan team

As for driving the concept vehicle, Burnside appreciates driving a  “normal” car in the upright position.

“Laying down a few inches above the ground is scary, but thrilling,” says Burnside. “The car is hot, loud and constantly shaking, but it's a feeling I'll never forget.”

This year’s team logged 18th place overall and more than doubled their gas mileage from last year’s competition.

“Most students learn about cars conceptually, but this competition really forced me to learn the in's and out's of what's under the hood,” says Burnside.  “This gives me an edge for future employment.”

“Who doesn't love saying I build a car that goes more than 350 miles per gallon,” says Burside.

The team is now focusing for the SAE Supermileage competition in Marshall, Michigan this June.

See photographs of the Titan team during the Shell Eco-Marathon and building the car.

The team was also featured on "Live in the D" with Chuck Gaidica on WDIV.

Titan supermileage vehicle team

Titan supermileage vehicle team

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