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CalPoly Black Widow

In brief: A team of students at the California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) are finishing off their 3-wheeled vehicle for the Shell Eco-Marathon student competition.

Vehicle in the news

Make/Model: Black Widow
Manufacturer: California Polytechnic SU

The word

CalPoly Black Widow

The Black Widow, as the vehicle is called, was created in 2005 and took first place in the 2007 Eco-Marathon and second in 2008 and 2009. It's current incarnation will have shed several pounds, weighing in at only 96 pounds total and with a drag coefficient of only 0.12.

The Black Widow is powered by a 3 horsepower Honda 50cc four-stroke engine, giving it a top speed of 30mph and a mileage of 2,752.3 mpg. That's right, two thousand seven hundred and fifty-two miles per gallon.

And so ...

The Shell Eco-Marathon will be held March 26-28 in downtown Houston, Texas.

Photo credits: Cal Poly Supermileage Team

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