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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Challenge X?
A: Challenge X is a national competition sponsored by General Motors and the US Department of Energy. The objective is to take a GM Chevy Equinox and modify the vehicle to minimize emissions and consumption, without sacrificing utility and performance.

For more information, visit or our Challenge X information page.

Q: What majors are you specifically seeking?
A: The Challenge X team is made up of both engineers and non-engineers. We need all types of engineers to help with the vehicle work and non-engineers to help with report writing and marketing.
Right now, we are definitely looking for marketing majors to help with this year's marketing focus.

Q: How can I get involved in Challenge X?
A: The fastest way to get involved in Challenge X is to attend our Wednesday meetings at 5:00 over at North campus. Alternatively, you can contact either Dr. Patton or our team leader Amanda Emnett.

Q: What schools are participating in this competition?
A: Seventeen schools are participating in Challenge X. These teams are:

  • Michigan Technological University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • San Diego State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Akron
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Tulsa
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Virginia Tech
  • West Virginia University

Q: How many years will Challenge X run?
A: Challenge X is currently in its fourth and final year. This year focuses on the marketing of our vehicle and involves several road rallies and media events.

Q: What happens after Challenge X?
A: After the conclusion of Challenge X, General Motors and the Department of Energy have stated that they plan to begin a new competition called Challenge Y. No further information about Challenge Y is available as of yet.




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