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UConn car engineers refuse to be underdogs

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UConn's "Society of Automobile Engineers" spent the past year building a Formula 1 car. (WFSB) UConn's "Society of Automobile Engineers" spent the past year building a Formula 1 car. (WFSB)
STORRS, Conn. (WFSB) -

Although classes at the University of Connecticut ended today, a group of engineering students won't be taking a break anytime soon.

The school's "Society of Automobile Engineers" spent the past year building a formula one car from scratch.

Now, they will take the project to the next level.

The group of engineers will test the car's abilities at the annual Society of Automobile Engineers competition.

Channel 3's Matthew Campbell spoke with the students.

Jon Sobanski, who is chief engineer of the group, said they've put a lot of time into the car.

"There's a lot of sleepless nights here at the shop and you can pull some 80 hour weeks trying to get this done," said Sobanski.

The automobile is equipped with a four cylinder 600CC motorcycle engine.

It also has 100 horsepower to the rear wheels and has a body with a steel space frame with a carbon fiber kevlar body.

The car will go up against 120 other universities from around the world.

"Graz is sponsored by Red Bull, Motor Valley, the schools in Michigan and Ohio, are sponsored by Ford, Honda," said Sobanski.

The group said UConn has been supportive throughout the process and has supplied them with work space including thousands of dollars in spending.

The club has place in the top 20 for the past two years.

"We're definitely proud of what we do here, especially in the fact that with our budget being limited compared to other teams, we have to find innovative solutions to solve problems," said Sobanski.

However, the team said they won't settle for a top 20 spot. They hope to reach the top 15.

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