Louisiana Tech Brings Home Victories From Shell Eco Marathon

The LA Tech team brought home the Team Spirit award. Photo from news.latech.edu.

Louisiana Tech students came home from the Shell Eco Marathon competition in Houston last weekend with three victories. The team took first place in the Diesel Fuel competition in the UrbanConcept class with 488.7 MPG. They also claimed the Team Spirit award and the Design award.

We previously reported that the team hoped to break their own American fuel efficiency record of 646.7 MPG. The record withstood this year’s competition, and the LA Tech team took second place in the fuel efficiency category, falling to Mater Dei High School from Evansville, Indiana.

Mater Dei accomplished a close-but-no-record-breaking-cigar fuel efficiency rating of 611 MPG to win first place in that UrbanConcept category. The high school also took home three other awards in the battery electric, alternative fuel prototype, and first place with a gas-powered vehicle with a run of 2,188.6 MPG in the Prototype class.

The full final results are located here. Read more about the LA Tech team’s victories and plans for the future on their website here.