3,000 MPG? Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Helps U of M Supermileage® Team Push Ultimate Fuel Efficiency

  3,000 MPG? Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Helps U of M Supermileage®
                      Team Push Ultimate Fuel Efficiency

- Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies (FNST) has become a primary sponsor of
the University of Michigan (U of M) College of Engineering's Supermileage®

- FNST will offer financial and professional resources to the U of M team to
help members build their next high mileage vehicle.

- FNST is aggressively pursuing fuel saving technologies and will offer these
technologies to the U of M team.

- Collaboration is a foundation on which FNST conducts business. The U of M
partnership will help FNST work with some of the best new minds in

PR Newswire

PLYMOUTH, Mich., Jan. 31, 2013

PLYMOUTH, Mich., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sitting off a main road that
runs through U of M's North Campus in Ann Arbor is a large industrial garage
with an impossibly bright roof. On a recent windy afternoon, four engineering
students sit in one of the building's mechanical bays staring at a car.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130131/DE52057 )

The car is a virtual pod, a one-occupant carbon fiber shell balanced on three
wheels. It has just enough room for a small driver, small engine and somewhat
touchy steering system. The students, members of U of M's Supermileage Team,
acknowledge that their next vehicle will brag improvements, including better

But steering may be secondary because the real challenge these students face
is how to squeeze more than 3,000 miles from a single gallon of fuel. The team
is one of the newest participating in the SAE International's
Supermileage^®competition. As one of its primary sponsors, FNST is offering
the financial and professional resources needed to cross the finish line.

"We regularly collaborate with industry partners to develop technologies that
address issues like fuel economy and powertrain efficiency," said Dr. Luis
Lorenzo, vice president, Advanced Product Engineering, FNST. "Our partnership
with U of M's Supermileage Team allows us to build communications and
collaboration with the next generation of engineers. It's a fundamental part
of our approach to leadership and future growth."

FNST's sponsorship is also fundamental to the U of M team. Not only will the
students benefit from professional assistance provided by Mike Rowe, FNST
strategic product development manager, Technology, and Rory Pawl, FNST
director, Future Technology, they will also tap into some of company's most
advanced component technologies.

Among the FNST products that Rowe has identified for use on the Supermileage
Team's new car are ultra-low friction crankshaft seals, self-fusing silicone
tape for electrical connections, cable management and emergency repairs, new
body seals, low friction valve stem seals, and even bearing grease and mold
release agents from Freudenberg sister companies Kluber Lubrication and

"This program is a great fit with the kinds of research and development
activities our company is pursuing," Rowe said. "We regularly seek
breakthroughs in fuel economy technology. This program will allow us to tap
into innovations and frankly, is going to be a lot of fun."

"We're new to engineering and working with a top-notch company like
Freudenberg is extremely helpful in clarifying our ideas and discussing
technologies," concurred David Coons, a mechanical engineering student and the
team's chief engineer. "When we're not sure how to do something, they fill in
the gaps and offer us advice and guidance."

The SAE International Supermileage competition requires university engineering
and technology students to develop and construct a single-person, fuel
efficient vehicle powered by a four-cycle engine. Vehicles run a specified
course and the vehicle that obtains the highest miles per gallon rating, in
combination with design points, wins the challenge. All of the vehicles are
powered by a one-cylinder, Briggs & Stratton engine that the teams uniquely
modify to push efficiency and fuel savings.

The U of M team will test drive its 2013 car in April in the Shell Eco
Marathon in Houston as a prelude to the SAE International Supermileage event
taking place in Marshall, Mich. in June. More than 24 collegiate teams will
participate in this year's race. For more information about the race, go to:

For their part, Coons and his teammates admit that their car will not be a
blueprint for America's next family sedan. But the experience of pushing
boundaries to achieve something they thought was impossible will remain with
them throughout their lives, he said.

About Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies
Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies is the Americas joint venture between
Freudenberg and Company in Germany and NOK Corporation in Japan. Founded in
1989 under the legal name Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership, Freudenberg-NOK
Sealing Technologies is a leading producer of advanced sealing and elastomeric
technologies for a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace,
appliance, diesel engine, agriculture, construction, heavy industry, and
alternate energy. Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies is headquartered in
Plymouth, Mich., and has facilities throughout the United States, Canada,
Mexico, Brazil and Malaysia. With annual revenues approaching $US 1 billion,
the company employed approximately 4,700 people in 2011. For additional
information, please visit www.freudenberg-nok.com.

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies is part of the Freudenberg & Co. Group of
Germany. Freudenberg & Co. is a family of companies specializing in seals and
vibration control technology, nonwovens, filtration, lubricants and release
agents and other specialty business areas. The Freudenberg Group generated
sales of more than $7.8 billion and had 37,000 employees in 2011. For
additional information, please visit www.freudenberg.com.

SOURCE Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies

Website: http://www.freudenberg-nok.com
Contact: Cheryl Eberwein, FNST, +1-734-354-5373, cheryl.eberwein@fnst.com;
Lisa Gentile, Simrit, +1-847-428-1261, lisa.gentile@simrit.us; Adriana Van
Duyn, avanduyn@bianchipr.com or Jim Bianchi, jbianchi@bianchipr.com, both of
Bianchi Public Relations, +1-248-269-1122
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