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ABC 40 Airs Video Story on Team ZoomMass

WGGB-TV ABC 40 in Springfield has aired a story on this year’s UMass Amherst Supermileage Team, which calls itself Team ZoomMass. The star attraction is an eight-and-a-half-foot-long, 100-pound, teardrop-shaped, neon-green vehicle designed to get as much as 1,500 miles per gallon of gas at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) National Supermileage Competition in Marshall, Michigan, in early June. "The students have been working very hard," said Jonathon Rothstein, the Team ZoomMass faculty advisor from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. “There are some students who are working all through the night, through weekends, and really putting a lot of work into this car.”

As the ABC 40 spot begins, “A group of UMass engineering students is using the skills they've learned in the classroom to create a fuel efficient vehicle. They're hoping to bring home first place when they compete this summer in the Supermileage Competition in Michigan. Students say this project is more than just coming up with a design. It gives them the opportunity to learn what happens after an idea leaves the drawing board.” (May 2011)