News Release | Super Eagle II - Nov. 16, 2007

November 16, 2007

Media Advisory: Nov. 16-Nov. 25, L.A. Auto Show


Super Eagle II—carbon fiber, fuel injection, 1600 MPG!


Cal State L.A.’s latest student-built supermileage vehicle at L.A. Auto Show


Los Angeles, CA – What if you could drive from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City—and back—on a single gallon of gas? To do it, you’d need something like the new Super Eagle II, the Cal State L.A. supermileage vehicle, which is parked at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center today through Sunday, Nov. 25.

The Super Eagle II is the second supermileage vehicle designed and built by engineering students at Cal State L.A.; and, like its award-winning predecessor, it is expected to get 1,600 miles per gallon.

The Super Eagle II, with a carbon-fiber body and frame, weighs 80 to 90 pounds and runs on a modified fuel-injected Briggs & Stratton engine. With a core of 21 students on the team, the vehicle will be competing this year in the Shell Eco-marathon Challenge and the SAE Supermileage Competition. Its showroom at the auto show is in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) exhibit in Kentia Hall.


The Super Eagle is parked and ready to go.


In 2004, the original Super Eagle outlasted 39 other entries from the U.S. and Canada in the SAE international Supermileage® competition, achieving a record 1,615 mpg.

According to Chris Reid, the Super Eagle II team captain, “From projects like this, we learn that there is more to engineering than just theory. And, from this one particularly, we learn that efficiency is the key to the future.”

Cal State L.A.’s award-winning Mini-Baja off-road vehicle will also be on display at the L.A. Auto Show.

In the 1990s, Cal State L.A. engineering students designed three models of solar-powered electric vehicles, called the Solar Eagle series, including the winner of the 1,230-mile SunRayce competition in 1997.

For hours and directions to the L.A. Auto Show, go to For more information on the Super Eagle II display, call the Cal State L.A. Technology Department at (323) 343-4550.


As one of six colleges at Cal State L.A., the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology is divided into five departments––the Departments of Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Technology. Committed to programs that educate through theory, practice and experiment, Cal State L.A. graduates highly-skilled engineers, computer scientists and technologists who are prepared to face the rapidly changing demands of industry, business, education, and government.


Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 200,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds—reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, housed in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.



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