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Blizzard Baja Enterprise

2006 Michigan tech # 80

Mini Baja 2006

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Michigan Tech Baja Team Wins Best Design

Michigan Tech's Blizzard Baja Enterprise places 16th overall among 89 teams at the 2010 Baja SAE Rochester event. Highlights include 1st place in Design, 4th place in Cost, 7th in Hill Climb, and 10th in Maneuverability. Photos at left. SAE Baja Resuts


8th, 2nd, and 6th place finishes in 2009 & recipient of the ‘Mike Schmidt Memorial Iron Team Award’

The champions of North America: Michigan Tech’s Blizzard Baja Enterprise wins SAE competition

2009 Baja SAE results!
April 23, 2009:  Michigan Tech takes  8th place in Baja SAE Alabama!
May 12, 2009:  Michigan Tech takes  2nd place in Baja SAE Oregon!

Baja East Competition
12th Place Overall
1st Place in Sled Pull ($100 prize money and a plaque)
2nd in Acceleration
10th in Suspension and Traction
15th in Endurance
35th in Water Maneuverability

1st Place Michigan Tech Winter Baja

22nd overall, 4th in Design, 14th in Accel & Mud Bog, 19th in Maneuverability, 40th in Endurance, In Top 10 best cars of continual excellence in design and craft.

Midwest Competition: 10th endurance, 21st overall

10th Place Overall
(Out of 100)
6th in Static Events

1st Maneuverability
4th in Design
8th in Hill Climb
8th Overall (out of 100)

First place Michigan TechWinter Baja

Fifth place at West

Eleventh place at Midwest

Twelfth place at Midwest

Thirty-fifth place at West

Thirteenth place at Midwest

About the Team

Michigan Techs' Mini Baja® team placed 21st in the 2005 SAE Mini Baja West National Student Competition. Faculty advisor: Dr. Brett H. Hamlin.

Mini Baja® consists of three regional competitions that simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges.

Engineering students design and build an off-road vehicle that survives the severe punishment of rough terrain. In the East competition, they must also survive water.

The object of the competition is to provide SAE student members with a challenging project that involves the planning and manufacturing tasks found when introducing a new product to the consumer industrial market.

Teams compete against one another to have their design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. Students must function as a team not only to design, build, test, promote, and race a vehicle within the limits of the rules, but also to generate financial support for their project and manage their educational priorities.

All vehicles are powered by a ten-horsepower Intek Model 20 engine donated by Briggs & Stratton Corporation. For more than twenty-five years, the generosity of Briggs & Stratton has enabled the Society of Automotive Engineers to provide each team with a dependable engine free of charge. Use of the same engine by all the teams creates a more challenging engineering design test.

Michigan Tech has been and will continue to be a leader in Mini Baja. We have participated in every year of the competition and have consistently out-scored all other Michigan schools. Mini Baja competes in static events, dynamic, design goals, and West/Midwest car. The MTU Mini Baja team currently has twenty-five members including mechanical, civil, material, electrical, and biomedical engineers.

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