Once the design is finalized, a piece of 3⁄16-inch plate is cut to size on the shop’s plasma table. This machine takes computer-aided designs and precisely cuts the metal with a robotic torch. All the steel for the project came from Competitive Metals in El Cajon, California. Competitive supplies material to many desert race teams, everything from mild steel to chromoly and various aluminum products. We’ll show you Competitive’s impressive facility next month.