Last weekend more than a thousand high school and college studenst from around the country competed in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas, which challenges students to design and build high mileage vehicle. For the second year in a row Louisiana Tech’s vehicle ‘Hot Rod’, a diesel fuel car, achieved 316 miles per gallon, 70 mpg better than their nearest competitor, and won first place. They also had a successful debut with a gas efficiency vehicle performing at 355 mpg.