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Submitted photo- Louisiana Tech University students engineered “Hot Rod,” which took home first place in the 2013 Shell Eco-marathon Americas.

For the second year in a row, a team of students from Louisiana Tech University has won first place for diesel fuel efficiency in the Urban Concept class of the 2013 Shell Eco-marathon Americas, held this past weekend in Houston.

Louisiana Tech’s vehicle, “Hot Rod,” defended its 2012 title by achieving 316 miles per gallon, besting the second place team by more than 70 mpg. The team’s newest vehicle, “Tech Double X,” had a successful debut, coming in fourth place in gasoline fuel efficiency in the Urban Concept class with 355 mpg.

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