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LSSU Mini Baja Project
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Team Members: Jon Paul LaFave, Jeremy Jensen, Tom MacMillan, Chris Valinski and Chris Winkler
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Hildebrand
Customers: Ray Adams and Paul Duesing
Lake Superior State University
Society of Automotive Engineers - LSSU Chapter

Team Twisted Off Road Chassis (TORC) is part of an effort to design and build a chassis for an off-road vehicle to compete in the 2006-07 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini-Baja Competition in Rochester, N.Y. Our sister team, Superior Drivetrain Solutions (SDS), is responsible for the drivetrain.

The Mini Baja off-road vehicle is lightweight and low cost. TORC will use modern numerical stress analysis techniques along with the basic principles of vehicle dynamics to design the frame, roll cage, and suspension of the Mini Baja vehicle. To ensure durability of the vehicle, all analyses will be based on demanding off-road conditions. Once built, the vehicle will be extensively tested in order to optimize the design.The final product will be a race-worthy vehicle ready for the summer 2007 SAE Mini Baja competiton.


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