06/04/2012 01:10 pm ET Updated Jun 05, 2012

University Of Michigan Makes Fuel-Efficient Car

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

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.