AKRON, OH (WOIO) - A group of students at University of Akron might be overlooked at home, but they are making waves overseas.
Zips Racing is a student engineering design team.
Each year, it designs and manufactures an open-wheel formula race car and competes against universities from around the globe.
There are no professionals involved. All the cars are built by hand and from scratch; becoming the perfect example of students using what they learned in class and applying it in real-world situations.
The yearlong projects are considered extracurricular activities, so they aren't graded on their successes. Nonetheless, they manage to balance a full semester's workload, in majors like mechanical engineering, all the while competing in Germany, Czech Republic and other countries.
We went behind-the-scenes at Zips Racing as they build their newest creation and explain how their innovations at University of Akron could change auto making.
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