May 23, 2017

Contact: Amy Hewes

Cal Poly Supermileage Team Places Fourth at Shell Eco-Marathon

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cruising 1,500.7 miles on a gallon of gas, the Cal PolySupermileage Team drove to a fourth-place finish out of 114 teams competing at the 2017 Shell Eco-Marathon on April 27-29 in Detroit, Mich.

“Despite encountering a few setbacks at the competition and accidentally rolling the car twice, the team scored fourth overall in the newly combined Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) category, which now contains gasoline, diesel, ethanol and compressed natural gas prototype vehicles,” said Cal Poly Supermileage Team President Lucas Rybarczyk (San Luis Obispo, California). “We had a 300 miles-per-gallon improvement from the 1,215 mpg third-place finish we had last year. Even though this is one place lower, there are now more teams overall in this combined category.” 

Université Laval from Quebec, Canada, won the 2017 ICE competition, which attracted student teams from eight countries. Brigham Young University placed second and Mater Dei High School from Indiana finished third. 

Other members of the Cal Poly Supermileage Team included Vice President Caleb Kelsay (San Luis Obispo), Treasurer Sean Michel (San Luis Obispo), Testing Lead Chad Bickel (San Luis Obispo), Steering Lead Will Sirski (Mt. Baldy, California), Composites/Chassis Lead Aaron Feinstein (Eagle River, Alaska), Engine/Drivetrain Lead Mike Bolton (Ashburn, Virginia), Safety Tech Eli Rogers (Torrance, California), and Drivers Enyi Liang (San Francisco) and Zoe Tuggle (Columbia, Tennessee).

“Moving into next year's competition, the team already has plans for a completely new chassis design and is beginning manufacturing as soon as testing validates the model,” Rybarczyk said. “The team also has multiple senior projects planned to further improve the steering, drive train and engine subsystems so that the car is even more efficient when it represents Cal Poly at the 2018 Shell Eco-Marathon, which is scheduled to be held inCalifornia.”

About the Shell Eco-Marathon

Sponsored by the Shell Oil Co., the Shell Eco-marathon challenges students to maximize fuel and electrical energy-efficiency in vehicles they design and build themselves. There are three Shell Eco-marathon competitions held throughout the year, in Asia, America and Europe.

For more information on the 2017 Shell Eco-Marathon, see


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