Top: After working all year, two Northview students were able to drive the 53 (stock entry) and 19u (unlimited entry) cars at the Indianapolis Raceway Park during the IMSTEA Super Mileage Challenge Monday, April 24.
Below: The small tank on the 19u car holds about a pint of fuel.
- Northview's race cars reach 289 and 403 miles per gallon of fuel
As gas prices are on the rise all over the country, 33 Indiana high schools worked during the school year to build cars that had the possibility of reaching more than 1,000 miles per gallon.
For the ninth consecutive year, Brazil's very own Northview High School was on the list to race their two cars for the Indiana Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Alliance Super Mileage Challenge on Monday, April 24, at the Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Ryley Phillips was the driver of Northview's stock entry, car 53, and Bert Blystone was the driver of Northview's unlimited entry, car 19u.
This year, Northview finished 10th in the stock class achieving 289 mpg. First place went to Mater Dei High School with 1,241 mpg, second was Delta High School with 654 mpg and third went to Mishawaka High School with 648mpg.
In the unlimited class, Northview finished seventh place achieving 403 mpg. First place went to William H. Harrison High School with 1,060 mpg, second was Winamac High School with 812 mpg and third went to South Spencer High School with 701 mpg.
High schools had the opportunity to build a car for two challenge categories, stock class and unlimited class.
The stock class did not allow any modifications to the engine and had a total of 23 cars enrolled. The unlimited class permits engine modifications and had a total of 17 cars enrolled.
According to a press release, unlimited class cars typically average more than 1,000 mpg. The goal this year 1,500 mpg, was not reached.
Engines were furnished to the schools by Briggs & Stratton Corp. All other items to build the cars had to be purchased or acquired by donations. Northview's Technology Club was a large part in raising funds needed.
Almost 30 Northview students participated in building the two cars with the supervision of advisor James Latta, the head of Northview's Industrial Technology Department.
"The biggest thing is not what you place, sure we want to win, but it's nice to see the kids learn from the experience," Latta said.
During the challenge, each car made three runs needing the lowest amount of fuel used to qualify. Each run is 10 laps around the track.
The amount of fuel used is measured and the resulting figure, along with miles traveled, are put into a mathematical formula to figure how much fuel would be used if using a complete gallon of fuel.
Latta said that the Northview team was hoping to use a very little amount of fuel after each run was completed.
Last year, Northview finished in 10th place for the stock class and seventh in the unlimited class.
To be eligible to compete, each school must submit a detailed proposal with drawings that cover aspects of the design and construction of the car before the January deadline. The proposal must discuss and calculate such things as aerodynamic drag, friction forces, braking forces and cornering forces.
The proposal exposes students to the scientific principles of high mileage and the technology of building the car, the release said.
Schools that were scheduled to participate in the race were: Avon, Belmont, Bosse, Buffalo Grove, Carrol, Cascade, Chesterton, Delta, Eastern Greene, Fairfield Jr./Sr., Frontier Jr./Sr., Hagerstown Jr./Sr., Homestead, Jac-Cen-Del, Jasper, Kankakee Valley, Lafayette Jefferson, Mater Dei, Mishawaka, North Daviess, North Montgomery, Northview, Princeton Community, Rensselaer Central, Rochester, South Newton, South Spencer, Terre Haute South Vigo, Tipton, Warsaw Community, Wawasee, Whitko, William Henry Harrison and Winamac Community high schools, Ivy Tech State College, New Castle Area Voc. Schools and PVETI Manufacturing Academy.