CMR 79

CMR 79 was an evolution of CMR 37 seeking to improve upon the success of 37 and making improvements in transient handling and engine drivability. These goals were accomplished through experimentation with the wheelbase and ackerman and longer primary exhaust runners. Additionally, 8 pounds were shaved from the previous years design further helping performance. This was almost for nought as a problem with the TPS prevented the car from running in either acceleration or skidpad and only a poor showing in autocross. However, 79 refused to die quietly and became only the second car in CMR history to finish endurance, passing many other teams on the way to a 26th place finish.



4 piece carbon fiber body from female molds, male plug machined by Honda
Professional PPG paint job – Carnegie Mellon Red


  • Tubular steel space frame
  • Strength optimized using Ansys FEA
  • Very-low center of gravity
  • Jig mounted during construction for build accuracy
  • Painted for corrosion resistance


  • 4 wheel independent suspension
  • Unequal non-parallel suspension links
  • Adjustable ride height
  • Adjustable shocks
  • CNC machined uprights
  • Push rods on all 4 corners


  • 2004 Honda F4i
  • Performance Electronics ECU
  • Custom barrel throttle
  • Custom CFD optimized carbon intake, conical air filter
  • Equal primary length Tri-Y exhaust header
  • Custom muffler
  • Engine Redline: 13500 rpm
  • Max Power: 80hp


  • Custom designed floating rotors
  • Single rotor rear braking
  • Custom CNC machined adjustable pedal assembly

Competition Results

Overall: 53rd of 110

  • Acceleration: DNA
  • Skidpad:DNA
  • Autocross: 75th
  • Endurance: 26th
  • Design: 61st
  • Cost: 50th
  • Presentation: 100th

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