A newsletter for alumni, students, and friends of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Team Paradigm Comes Home with First Place Trophy

A team of UW engineering students, including many from ME, tied for first place in last summer's FutureCar Challenge in Michigan. With their re-engineered aluminum Ford Taurus, Team Paradigm doubled the over-the-road fuel efficiency without sacrificing safety, comfort and performance. The students competed in a year-long 13-team effort to share top honors with Virginia Tech. In a series of road tests, the UW team demonstrated the equivalent of 75 miles per gallon compared to an unmodified, gasoline-powered vehicle that turned in a 37 mile per gallon performance. The team also received the first-ever "Innovations in Aluminum Award" from the Aluminum Association. The car weighed 2,976 pounds, the first entry in FutureCar history to go below the 3,000-pound mark.

ME Newsletter is a periodic publication of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Correspondence should be sent to the address below.

ME Newsletter
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706-1572

      Editor: Gail Gawenda

Designer: Lynda Litzkow

Last Modified: Monday, 15-Feb-1999 12:00:00 CST

DECEMBER 1998 Contents