Members of Iowa State’s Formula SAE Team are going flat out to build a mini racing car that can show off their engineering skills.
Designs for a super-light, 350-pound car are all drawn up. The chassis is welded. The single-cylinder, 450-cubic-centimeter motorcycle engine is rebuilt and mounted. The suspension control arms and uprights are manufactured.
“The car is 80 percent there, but there is a lot of work left in that 20 percent,” said James Whisler, a senior in mechanical engineering from Eagan, Minnesota, and a team veteran.
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