News Release| CSULA, Cal State L.A.; Los Angeles; Engineering; Super Eagle II; supermileage

June 25, 2008

It doesn’t have to be green to be fuel-efficient

Cal State L.A.’s Super Eagle II is the best-looking supermileage vehicle

Los Angeles, CA – What’s yellow and black, sleek and stylish, and can travel up to 853 miles on one gallon of gas? It’s Cal State L.A.’s student-built supermileage vehicle, the new Super Eagle II, which was named Best Looking Vehicle at the recent Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Supermileage® competition in Marshall, Michigan.

The aerodynamic Super Eagle II, with a carbon-fiber body and frame painted in Cal State L.A.’s Golden Eagle colors, weighs 80 to 90 pounds and runs on a modified fuel-injected Briggs & Stratton engine.

Placing seventh out of 19 college entries in the overall competition, the Super Eagle II was built and designed by the following core of Cal State L.A. students: Raul Frank Almeida, mechanical engineering major (Diamond Bar resident);

Bernardo Chavez, mechanical engineering major (Maywood resident);

Michael Choi, mechanical engineering major (Torrance resident);

Tommy Jiang, electrical engineering major (Los Angeles resident);

Mary Kiley, biochemistry major (Eagle Rock resident);

Neil Lau, manufacturing engineering major (Monterey Park resident);

Chris Reid, team captain and mechanical engineering major (Alhambra resident),

Francisco Requeno Jr., mechanical engineering major (Compton resident);

Samuel Samoya, management major (Torrance resident);

Jinkang Tan, civil engineering major (Los Angeles resident);

Eric Younger, mechanical engineering major (Los Angeles resident);

Wenru (Raymond) Wu, mechanical engineering major (Los Angeles resident); and Tina Yu, civil engineering major (Los Angeles resident). 


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.

The Supermileage® competition challenges engineering and technology students to develop and construct a single-person, fuel-efficient vehicle. The vehicles run a specified course, and the vehicle obtaining the highest combined kilometers per liter (miles per gallon) rating plus design segment points wins the event. Students try to set a world-fuel economy record and also increase public awareness of fuel economy.

For more information, call Virgil Seaman, faculty advisor for the Super Eagle II team, at (323) 343-4550.

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