Mars grad takes part in competition
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June 10, 2013
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ERIE — Robert Ford, a sophomore from Mars, will represent Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ International Supermileage Challenge.
The two-day event promotes automotive fuel economy. The top cars are expected to exceed 3,000 mpg.
Twenty-eight university teams were to compete at the event, held June 6 and 7, at the Eaton Corporation’s test track in Marshall, Mich. The Penn State Behrend team won the competition in 2012, squeezing 1,485 miles from a single gallon of gas.
The team’s new car could double that. It’s 20 pounds lighter, with a spring-leaf suspension and a rotary-valve engine — one of maybe four in the world — built by the students. It will run on $1,000 handmade radial tires.
For more information about the International Supermileage Challenge, go to students.sae.org/competitions/supermileage/.
For more about Penn State Behrend, a comprehensive residential college with more than 4,700 students, go to behrend.psu.edu.



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