Prospective Members: If you want to join, please come to one of our weekly meetings on Mondays at 7:00pm in the Wilson Student Team Project Center. Alternatively, contact the Team Captain, Calvin O'Brien, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the 2013 season, we plan to continue our tradition of excellence by once again attending all three competitions:
|Baja SAE Tennessee Tech||April 18-21, 2013||Cookeville, TN|
|Baja SAE Washington||May 16-19, 2013||Bellingham, WA|
|Baja SAE Rochester||June 6-9, 2013||Rochester, NY|
With 115 attending teams, the Wisconsin competition was the largest and most competitive competition of the year. On the first day, we did well in static events by placing 14th in design and 6th in cost. Dynamic day met us with many challenges leaving us unable to finish both the mud bog event and the suspension and traction event. In the acceleration event, we placed 3rd and finished the first two days of competition in 21st place overall. In the endurance race, after quickly replacing one broken suspension arm and two broken chains, we finished in 55th place. We ended the Wisconsin competition in 31st place overall and achieved 9th place overall in all three competitions. Design work on next year’s car is currently underway as the team looks forward to doing even better in the 2013 competition season.
After making the 40-hour drive to Portland, we achieved high static event scores, placing 2nd in cost, 4th in design, and 12th in the business presentation. It rained for most of dynamic day, making the four events (rock crawl, hill climb, acceleration, and maneuverability) very muddy. Despite the mud, we were 8th overall before going into the endurance race. Unfortunately, CVT problems prevented the car from performing as it was designed, slowing our lap times. We finished the endurance race in 19th place, giving us a 12th place finish overall in Oregon. Again, we brought a second car (Chiquita, 2010) to this competition to give more members a hands-on competition experience. Chiquita ended up 32nd overall by placing 9th in the business presentation, 20th in acceleration, and 13th in hill climb.
The team was able to complete the car two weeks before the first competition, allowing us to have time to test and tune before leaving for Auburn. Static events comprised the first day of competition, during which we advanced to design finals and placed 7th overall in design and 2nd in cost. Dynamic day included four events: acceleration, maneuverability, hill climb, and suspension and traction; during which we placed 4th in acceleration and 13th overall in dynamic events. This 13th spot allowed us to start ahead of the pack in the four-hour endurance race, during which we were extremely competitive by maintaining the 5th spot for a significant portion of the race. Unfortunately, a drivetrain issue forced us to withdraw from the race with less than half an hour to go. We placed 11th in endurance and missed placing in the top ten by less than a point. Placing 11th overall, we were pleased with the 2012 car’s performance at the first competition of the year. To help prepare younger team members for the competition setting, we also brought the 2010 car, Chiquita, to the Auburn competition. Chiquita also did very well, placing 19th in hill climb, 12th in maneuverability, and 43rd overall.
For the 2012 season, we plan to continue our tradition of excellence by once again attending all three competitions:
|SAE Baja Auburn||April 19-22, 2012||Auburn, AL|
|SAE Baja Oregon||May 2-5, 2012||Portland, OR|
|SAE Baja Wisconsin||June 7-10, 2012||Madison, WI|
Tweaking and tuning between competitions allowed us to increase the reliability and efficiency of the drivetrain and suspension. We completed 29 laps in the Endurance Race, and placed 15th in Hill Climb, 8th in Rock Crawl, 17th in the Business Presentation, and 8th in Cost. Overall we were 22nd out of 116 entrants. We plan to start designing the 2012 car immediately after competition.
Adjustments after SAE Alabama allowed us to increase the reliability of our gearbox. We placed 12th in Acceleration, 11th in Design, and 11th in Cost. Overall we ranked 69th out of 104.
Michigan Baja ran the new dual-belt drivetrain at SAE Birmingham. We ranked 4th in Hill Climb, 20th in Acceleration, 5th in Cost, and 16th in Design. Overall we ranked 30th out of 58 entrants.
For the 2011 season, we continued our tradition of excellence by once again attending all three competitions:
|SAE Baja Birmingham (water event)||April 8-11, 2011||Birmingham, AL|
|SAE Baja Kansas||May 26-29, 2011||Pittsburg, KS|
|SAE Baja Illinois||June 8-11, 2011||Peoria, IL|
We had an exciting and challenging 2010 racing season, placing 1st in cost at Washington. In Rochester we placed 1st in Hill Climb, 2nd in Acceleration, 8th in Manuverability, and 11th overall. We would like to thank all our sponsors, without their support success would not be possible.