La Crosse students create 138 mpg vehicle

Logan High School's High Mileage Club won awards for design

Members of La Crosse Logan High School’s High Mileage Club designed a vehicle that gets 138 miles per gallon.

The students were given a Briggs & Stratton engine with 3.5 horsepower and had to come up with a design.

“This year instead of having sheet metal for the outside, we have a boat cover and we got it specially designed for our car and it’s a lot lighter and the framework is smaller tubing,” said Logan High School junior Stacia Munson.

Last year’s car was about 128 miles per gallon.

“It’s a lesson in making this streamline, friction free and making them so the mileage is better,” said Logan High School technology and engineering instructor Tom Campbell.

About 20 students worked together on this year’s project. The team won several award for their design at UW-Stout’s recent competition. ¬†They won second in their class, best appearing vehicle, most spirited team and best engineered and designed car.

“We loved how our car turned out,” Munson said. “We all felt our car was very unique and well-designed.”