SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTHI) – Some high school students play sports. Others build cars. A team from Sullivan went on the national stage and did their small town proud. The team of four students went to the Shell Eco-Marathon and took first prize for an energy efficient vehicle they built.
What these young men accomplished… ask them and they’re at a loss for words.
“Winning is just an incredible feeling… it’s indescribable,” said Kynon Johnson.
“Yeah, it’s pretty neat for me then, and it’s pretty neat for me now knowing that we set a new record,” said Brandon Ravellette.
They built a prototype diesel vehicle. They’re part of an after school “Super Milage Club” who took part in the Shell Eco-Marathon America 2014 competition. The record they set? Their prototype set a new diesel record by getting nearly 1900 miles per gallon, just shy of their goal of 2000 miles per gallon.
“If that wasn’t the last run of the day, we probably would have taken this thing back and tweaked it a little bit more and probably would’ve gotten that 2000 miles per gallon,” said Ravellette.
Small town… Big ambitions… these guys went to Houston and won, not intimidated by the bigger schools they were up against.
“We’re a small team,” said Johnson. “So we’re not as loud as other teams whenever we get a big number, we’re kinda quiet. I was really, really surprised by the number that we got.”
The Sullivan Super Mileage Club is at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit showing off their prototype right now. Next year, the club is considering making an urban concept car.