Although ASU did not win the overall competition (finishing 22 out of 70), we received four special category awards:
Best Use of Composites
Best Engineering Design
Best M85 Fuel Economy
Best Prototype Fabrication
FSAE rules and regulations require that each car must be equipped with a crash protection device known as the impact attenuator. The impact attenuator must absorb enough energy so that the driver can walk away without sustaining serious injury and ensure that damage to the frame is minimized ...Aluminum honeycomb cores are a lightweight, environmentally friendly material with excellent mechanical properties. Before being implemented on the car, impact attenuators must go through physical testing to prove their "crashworthiness". When this sample was tested, it experienced a peak load of around 50 kN proving that it would keep the peak deceleration during a head-on collision under 20 G’s. ... On the famous 1992 *monocoque* car, [aluminum honeycomb] can be found between the carbon fiber layers.
~ Brandon Butterfield
*Monocoque 1. A type of construction (as of a fuselage) in which the outer skin carries all or a major part of the stresses. 2. A type of vehicle construction (as of an automobile) in which the body is integral with the chassis. Definition from Merriam -Webster Dictionary