This summer the Northeastern MiniBaja team drove across the country to Portland, Oregon for the Baja SAE West competition. After placing 4th overall at the competition in Auburn, Alabama earlier this year we were confident going into the Oregon competition. Instead of making it just a straight drive through the cornfields of Nebraska and the mountains of Colorado, we decided to schedule some great stops along the way. For most team members it was their first live glimpse of national monuments such as Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse as well as The Devil's Tower and the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Oregon proved to pose a greater challenge than we had expected. Pouring rain caused a very muddy course for both the qualifying events Hill Climb, Acceleration, and, Maneuverability and Rock Crawl as well as the Endurance race. We managed to power through the less-than-satisfactory conditions to finish strong in 19th place overall.
Next year will be one you don't want to miss, as we will be debuting a brand new car with a new transmission as well as a brand new rear end design. It is sure to be an improvement on this year's design and we cannot wait to get to work on it! We wouldn't have been able to do any of this without the help of the Catalyst fundraising and the money we received from all of our faithful Husky Alumni. Thank you all for your support!
Each year Northeastern Baja SAE designs, builds, and races a prototype all-terrain vehicle to compete in international competitions. The competitions are intended to simulate the real-world engineering, design, marketing, and business challenges of bringing a vehicle to mass market. Our team is entirely student run from the design calculations to team management and gives students the opportunity to gain quality hands-on engineering experience. This experience has helped members gain valuable experience to be better prepared for the professional world.
After placing in the top 30% at all competitions last year, including a 3rd place finish in land maneuverability, we are returning in 2012 with improved suspension and steering designs to compete for a better finish. We will be participating in all three North American competitions including one near Portland, Oregon. Please help us raise the travel money required to compete in the Oregon competition.
Our goal is to raise $2500 to pay for gas and travel expenses to transport for our team of 8 students and this year’s all-terrain vehicle 3000 miles across the country. Without your support we will be unable to showcase our work and represent Northeastern in the Oregon competition. Thank you!
Northeastern University has fielded a Baja team for over 20 years. Every year we improve our design based on past lessons learned. As we improve however, so does the competition. We have placed in the top 10 a total of 18 times and consistently place within the top 30% of the 100+ car field. Our team averages about 6-8 members, and this year we have been able to attract a number of fast learning freshmen who have been quick to transition into contributing roles.