“We did the best we’ve ever done in a gasoline vehicle,” said team leader and Wawasee engineering design and development instructor Allen Coblentz. “Then our diesel vehicle, we were 3rd out of nine teams, and that earned us a trophy and $900.”
And like Fairfield, Wawasee also had a team represented at the IMSTEA Super Mileage Challenge in Indianapolis this Monday, where the team pulled out a top run of about 450 miles per gallon and earned a Best Design Award for the event.
Looking back on the team’s recent accomplishments, Coblentz noted that while exceeding the team’s goal for the year of breaking the 1,000 miles per gallon mark in the gasoline-powered division was a big victory, what he sees as the biggest win overall is the way the team worked together to ensure everyone had the best experience possible during their competitions.
As an example, Coblentz pointed to the way the students rallied to help one another during some technical hiccups experienced early in the Shell Eco-Marathon diesel competition.
“We had some problems with our diesel vehicle early on, and what happened was our rear wheel broke, and we had to kind of sacrifice our gas vehicle on its second day of competition to get the diesel vehicle to run,” Coblentz said. “So those things make you more proud almost than the results do, because the gas team would probably have done even better on its second day of competition if they hadn’t agreed to help out the diesel team. So that part was probably the best part of it for me, even more so than the final scores.”