The Ranken sponsored Missouri SuperMileage Challenge high school team took 2nd Place with their car #6 and 3rd place with car #7 in the 13th annual Missouri SuperMileage Challenge!
The team also captured Best in Show for the retro-look design of car #7, their “roadster-inspired” vehicle. The competition was held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Missouri Safety Center on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. Eight vehicles competed in the stock engine e-10 gasoline fuel class. Ranken’s 2nd place vehicle averaged 202 mpg from their top four qualifying runs of which their highest run was 268 mpg. Some results and excellent photos and videos from the competition are available at https://twitter.com/MOSupermileage. See the photos below of the Ranken team, the 2nd Place award, the Best in Show award, and the Best in Show vehicle.
The Ranken sponsored team fielded two vehicles in the competition, the goal of which is to have Missouri high school students “build a one person, fuel efficient vehicle powered by a single cylinder four stroke engine to run a specified course”.
The team began working diligently this past July 24, 2017 to ensure the design, fabrication, and testing of their vehicles were ready for the competition. The team consisted of thirteen high school students, eight of whom traveled to Warrensburg for the competition. The students are from the following high schools: St. Louis University High School (9), Hazelwood Central High School (1), Whitfield School (1), DeSmet Jesuit High School (1), and Gilroy High School (1).
The team was led during the school year by instructors Jonathan Sprague (Director of Operations, MSD) and Mark Goldasich (Construction Trades Teacher, Gillespie High School) and during the summer by Marc McClintock and Don Rote (both from Ranken’s High Performance Racing program). The team was administered by Kathy Fern and Vince Holtmann (both from Ranken’s Education and Manufacturing Cooperative department).