Alden-Conger Students Create 1,183 MPG Vehicle

Posted at: 04/30/2014 5:53 PM
Updated at: 04/30/2014 5:59 PM
By: Dan Conradt

Photo: ABC 6 News
Photo: ABC 6 News

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- They celebrated their champions at Alden-Conger high school.

Just back from a national competition with top honors, and they put up numbers you could only dream about.

"We took first in urban concept, a diesel with 453 miles per gallon," science teacher and Super Mileage Team advisor David Bosma said.

It’s called the ECO Shell marathon.

"The e-100 car we got second, 1,047 miles per gallon," Bosma said. 

"We got second in diesel with 1,183 miles per gallon."

"This wouldn't be possible without teamwork because you have to work together," said ACHS sophomore and team member Jacob Wallin.

The Alden-Conger kids were, competing against other high schoolers and even college teams from places like Duke, and the University of Colorado.

"Then we come out and double their mileage, and they're just astonished by what we're doing," team member Jacob Wallin said.

But don't expect to be getting a thousand miles to the gallon in your car any time soon.

"Some of the cars got over $700 worth of ceramic bearings. We can put these in the car, but the problem is the cost of the car starts going up," team advisor David Bosma said.

“We don't go extremely fast. We'll start the car and let it coast, so when the engine is being used it's being used productively."

And just back from the marathon in Houston, Texas,the team is already looking forward to the 2015 competition.

"Next year we get to go to Detroit, the motor city, so that will be cool," team member Jacob Wallin said.

The Alden-Conger super mileage team won four thousand dollars from Shell for it's first- and second place finishes.