A team of UBC engineering students is celebrating after gaining international recognition for a fuel-efficient vehicle it designed.

The 65-member Supermileage team competed in California a "fuelathon" against more than 1,000 other students.

These contests give students the chance to show off their innovate designs for fuel-efficient concept cars.

The UBC team's vehicle, "Mark XIV," came second in its category, achieving 1371 mpg at the Shell Eco-marathon Americans competition held on the Sonoma Raceway track. 

According to the team's website, Mark XIV is a three-wheeled, single-passenger vehicle "meant to push the limits of fuel efficiency."

Each team's car had to pass technical and safety inspections as well as make eight laps of the track in 24 minutes.