A group of engineering students at the University of Michigan are trying to prove that a car can get about 3,300 miles per gallon using a modified lawnmower engine.

The group will enter a single-person fuel efficient vehicle in the 2012 SAE International Supermileage Challenge, which will take place in Marshall, Michigan on June 7 and 8. The team hopes to beat the current record of 3,169 miles per gallon at the competition.

"The University of Michigan has an incredible legacy of student automative design team success," says Laura Pillari, the team's co-founder and project manager told AnnArbor.com

While you will likely never see it rolling off a production line, the principles behind Michigan's new fuel-efficient car are gaining traction in the marketplace. A new survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center says for most people mileage is the most important factor in a new car purchase.

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  • University of Michigan Supermileage Team Concept Vehicle

    A conceptual drawing of the 2012 University of Michigan Supermileage Team vehicle. (Courtesy of the U-M Supermileage Team)

  • University of Michigan Supermileage Team Concept Vehicle

    U-M Supermileage Team members (from left) Karan Jain, Robert Ognjanosvski, Laura Pillari create the first half of the fiberglass mold needed to construct their single-passenger vehicle. The new College of Engineering student team is hoping to break the North American fuel efficiency record during the 2012 SAE Supermileage Competition by getting 3,300 miles per gallon with their vehicle. (Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing)

  • University of Michigan Supermileage Team Concept Vehicle

    U-M Supermileage Team members (from left) Karan Jain, Laura Pillari, and Robert Ognjanosvski create the first half of the fiberglass mold needed to construct their single-passenger vehicle. The new College of Engineering student team is hoping to break the North American fuel efficiency record during the 2012 SAE Supermileage Competition by getting 3,300 miles per gallon with their vehicle. (Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing)

  • University of Michigan Supermileage Team Concept Vehicle

    U-M Supermileage Team members (from left) Lihang Nong, and Robert Ognjanosvski create the first half of the fiberglass mold needed to construct their single-passenger vehicle. The new College of Engineering student team is hoping to break the North American fuel efficiency record during the 2012 SAE Supermileage Competition by getting 3,300 miles per gallon with their vehicle. (Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing)

  • University of Michigan Supermileage Team Concept Vehicle

    U-M Supermileage Team members (from left) Laura Pillari and Robert Ognjanosvski create the first half of the fiberglass mold needed to construct their single-passenger vehicle. The new College of Engineering student team is hoping to break the North American fuel efficiency record during the 2012 SAE Supermileage Competition by getting 3,300 miles per gallon with their vehicle. (Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing)

  • University of Michigan Supermileage Team Concept Vehicle

  • University of Michigan Supermileage Team Concept Vehicle