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Nevertheless, she is excited by the opportunity.

Two semesters of planning, design and building went into the vehicle before the competition.

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Ellingson, a team member from Mesa, Ariz., said this is the second year BYU has had a vehicle in this competition, and they refined the entry from last year.

"We took last year’s car and improved it," he said. "We actually rebuilt or modified most of it."

That included a new body, engine and steering. The shell is made of carbon fiber with some aluminum components.

Some of the main goals are to reduce the weight of the vehicle and increase its aerodynamic properties.

Despite working on it for a school year, even while they were on their way to the event, they were already thinking of other modifications to be made in the future.

"We thought it would be good to try to improve the bearings and use different tires," Bowman said. He said one of their next goals is to get the vehicle’s weight down even more.

Two of the team members are already employed by Ford Motors. Some of the others are planning on going on to graduate school. Sorensen plans on attending MIT and is considering working in its automotive lab.

"We have learned a lot from this project," Sorenson said. "It has been really fun. We have taken the stuff we have learned and applied it and seen it come together. One of my favorite things has been watching all the pieces come together."

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