citydesk gets a Brazilian


Dispatch from Brazil:

Uwe Reischl, the lucky Boise State prof whom we wrote about in March, has helped a Brazilian engineering team take the Design Award at the 2009 Shell Eco-marathon Americas.

Reischl has been teaching and doing research at the Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais (UEMG) in Brazil this year and advised Team SABIA on the design of its ultra-fuel-efficient car. 

The car, SABIA-6, pictured above, achieved 237.1 miles to the gallon during the competition. While not the victor in fuel efficiency, the Brazilians took the design award for achievements in ergonomics, aesthetics, choice of materials and technical feasibility.

The distance winner, the Alerion Supermileage team from Laval University in Quebec, Canada went an amazing 2,757.1 mpg in its concept car.

While we are not sure about using the word "eco" and Shell in the same sentence, the cars are pretty cool. Now why doesn't the oil giant mass produce them and send them to Boise.