of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini-Baja Competition has
been a long-standing collegiate contest that challenges
the skills of both graduate and undergraduate students.
The competition takes place over a weekend with 140 teams
participating in the events. Briggs & Stratton, Timken,
Polaris Industries and Igus, Inc. are the sponsors for the
summer 2007 competition.
of Engineering and Technology, in conjunction with the local
SAE student chapter, has assembled design teams to prepare
for the summer 2007 event under the umbrella of Laker Racing.
has been broken into two main tasks: drivetrain and chassis.
Design constraints, team management, budgetary limitations
and work place procedures are all components of the project
process. Superior Drivetrain Solutions (SDS) will handle
the drivetrain responsibilities which include designing,
building and testing the Mini-Baja engine, transmission,
rear axle assembly, steering, brake, controls and throttle.
SDS' sister team, Twisted Off Road Chassie (TORC), is responsible
for the chassis.
expects to compete at the SAE Midwest Regional competition
at Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) in