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Restoration of the 1992 SAE Car

A supplement to the Noble Library Exhibit October - December 2015

1992 Car Competing in Michigan

Photo of the 1992 in competition

1993 Yearbook Entry

More Competition Photos

Photo of the car in competition  Photo of the 1991 car in competition

The Awards

Although ASU did not win the overall competition (finishing 22 out of 70), we received four special category awards: 

photo of Best Use of Composites award   Photo of Best Engineering Design Award  photo of the Best M85 Fuel Economy Award  Photo of the Best Prototype Award


Best Use of Composites

Best Engineering Design

Best M85 Fuel Economy

Best Prototype Fabrication

Aluminum Honeycomb


aluminum honeycomb after testing

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


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