Drawing a crowd at PIR

ASU student engineers don't have a full car, but they do have a full tent as motorsports fans check out their progress


A crowd looks at the in-progress car being built by ASU students.

Editor’s note: This is the latest installation in a yearlong series about ASU's Formula SAEFormula SAE is a student design competition organized by the International Society of Automotive Engineers (now known as SAE International). team. Find links to previous stories at the end of this article.

Well, they didn't have a completed car to do a pace lap, but the student engineers building a Formula-style car for competition in Nebraska did make it to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend.

Motorsports fans were drawn to the club's tents at PIR, where their in-progress car was displayed, along with a race simulator that drew participants young and old.

After the moment of respite, it's back to the workshop for these students, who have a race car to finish and test before the national competition in June.

Previous stories in this series:

Oct. 14: Tempe Drift: How an underdog student engineering team is building a race car from the ground up.

Nov. 4: Racing time and money to build a fast car.

Dec. 10: Braking bad: Pressure is on for ASU student engineers building race car

Dec. 17: No brake: ASU team powers through to edge closer to race car

Feb. 1: Coming into the home stretch

March 8: Starting to look like a car

March 29: One step closer to PIR

March 31: Going full throttle for PIR

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