Missouri S&T’s Baja car racing team ready to compete

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On April 8, 2016

A past Baja car in the Student Design Center.
Photo by Brad Zumsteg.

The Baja car in the Student Design Center. Photo by Brad Zumsteg.

The Baja car in the Student Design Center. Photo by Brad Zumsteg.

Students from Missouri University of Science and Technology will demonstrate the engineering principles of off-road vehicles by racing a student-designed and -built Baja vehicle as part of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)-International Baja SAE Tennessee.

The event will be held April 14-17 at Tennessee Technological University. Racing will take place at the Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Missouri S&T’s Baja SAE Design Team will compete against approximately 100 other collegiate teams from around the world in a series of competitions, comprised of both presentations and races. Each team was tasked with building a vehicle prototype that could theoretically be selected for manufacturing and sold to the public.

Teams will first give a formal design presentation to judges, along with a technical display and cost report. The race portion of the competition is split into five events. The events include a sled pull, and maneuverability, suspension and acceleration tests. The final event is a four-hour endurance race. The course will be riddled with obstacles the vehicles must avoid. Teams will be assessed penalties for infractions like poor or dangerous driving or being a hazard in any way while on the track.

This year, Missouri S&T’s vehicle features an outer shell made from water-jet cut ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plastic. The car also has a student-made, CNC-machined transmission case, air shocks and a steel chassis. All vehicles at the competition are provided the same engine, an unmodified Briggs & Stratton single-cylinder Intek 20. The car can reach up to 40 miles an hour during the events.

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