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2016 Race Results

The 2016 racing season was an exciting one for MSU Baja! This season's competitions were held in Tennessee, California, and New York. At each competition, the team finished 22nd, 29th, and 51st overall, respectively. At Baja SAE Tennessee Tech, the team earned the opportunity to participate in Design Finals by finishing 5th place in the Design Judging event! It was very exciting to couple Design Finals with a 10th place finish in the Endurance race! This was a landmark achievement for us. In California, the team had a solid finish of 35th in Endurance and a notable finish of 19th in the Suspension and Traction event. Unfortunately, in Rochester, a the car sustained significant gearbox damage midway through the Endurance race. Despite valiant repair efforts, the car was determined to be irreparable on site. At the same competition, however, the team again achieved a respectable Suspension event finish of 16th place.

 On the whole, the team is proud of this year's achievements, and we are excited to innovate and improve upon this season's design in the upcoming year!

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2015-2016 Recruitment

The MSU Baja Racing Team is currently looking for new members to join our team. We are looking from students in all majors who are interested. We are having our first meeting Tuesday September 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM in  room 1345 of the Engineering Building. This is the large lecture all outside of the Sparty's store. The Baja team offers many opportunities not just within engineering but in sales/marketing and management. For engineering students, the Baja team offers an opportunity to work in a real-world engineering setting, designing and building an off-road race car. Baja also offers a unique opportunity to get connected with employers throughout the industry. NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED, you will learn everything you need to know through hands on experience at our shop. We look forward to meeting and working with prospective team members!

Also, we are having our "Rookie Drive Day" on Sunday September 20, 2015, at our test track south of campus. If you cannot make the meeting on the 15th, contact us at baja@msu.edu for coordinating information on Rookie Drive Day

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2015 Race Results

In 2015, the MSU Baja team attended all three Baja SAE competitions in Alabama, Maryland, and Oregon. In Auburn, the team placed 54th after having to withdraw from the endurance race, in Maryland, the team placed a season high 25th overall, and in Oregon, 35th place. One particular highlight is that in Maryland the car completed the endurance race without anything breaking, and never having to leave the track other than for fuel. While not as high as the team hoped, it was still a great overall showing, and many innovations were made in the car over the 2014-2015 school year.  The team looks forward to the 2016 season in order to improve upon last year's platform and build a brand new car!

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Fall 2014 New Member Recruitment

MSU Students:

As you are exploring the many student organizations on campus, you should definitely check out the Baja team. Baja provides many opportunities not possible elsewhere on campus, whether it's an internship, job, or simply real-life business or engineering experience.

If interested, come out to our recruitment meeting where we will tell you all about Baja, and be available to answer any questions you may have. The recruitment meeting is:

Tuesday, September 9, 6:30 PM

Room 2400 Engineering Building

Also, new members are invited out to our test track for some grilling and driving on Saturday, September 13. Please RSVP either at the recruitment meeting, or through the Contact Us page.

If you cannot make any of these events, you can always attend our weekly meetings, every Tuesday at 6:30 PM in Room 1234 Engineering Building.

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2014-2015 Season Team Leaders

Coming off of a successful summer of competition, the MSU Baja Team is excited for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. We will be rebuilding Cerberus, taking advantage of new equipment and experiences in order to make a car that is more precise and exacted for our use in Baja races.

The team is also excited to announce the team leaders for the 2014-2015 season. Briita Wanhala will continue as Project Manager, with Michael Holland and Troy Christian poised to take over in that role once she graduates in December. Brad LaBaere and Evan Boyers will be this year's Chief Engineers, bringing together their expertise in computer aided design and vehicle mechanics.

With these new team leaders, we are excited to see what can be accomplished over the next year!

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2014 Season Results!

The 2014 season kicked off for the MSU Baja Racing team in Pittsburg Kansas. The team passed engine check, technical inspection, sales and design presentations, and brakes with ease on the first two days of competition. The third day (dynamic day) was highlighted by a 13th place finish in sales and a 22nd place finish in acceleration. The final day (Endurance) went smoothly until the 3.5 hour mark when a collision knocked the car out of the race. The car was up to 15th place but ended up finishing in 27th place. Overall the team ended up finishing in 35th place. 

The second race took place at the Caterpillar proving grounds in Peoria, Illinois. The team had more difficulties than the race in Kansas. Upon engine inspection it was found that the governor would not properly tune, causing the team to take out the engine and replace the governor and crank cover. The team then passed technical inspection with ease, presented at the design and sales competitions, but had difficulties passing brake check. The highlight finish of day two was the 13th place finish in design. The team then persisted to fix the brakes and finally got them to pass late in the afternoon on day three (Dynamic day). After the troubles with the brakes, a good showing in endurance was needed to make up for lost points due to the braking issues. The team finished in 26th place and completed the first endurance race since 2010! This result left the team with an overall finish of 36th place. 

These results are a vast improvement in comparison to the last two seasons and the team is excited to ride this success into the 2015 racing season where there will be a new lightweight chassis, a student designed gearbox,  lighter components, and more! 

The MSU Baja Racing team thanks our generous sponsors, alumni, and MSU Faculty/staff for helping us compete with the best teams in the world!



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2014 Car Unveiling!

To all who support us at Michigan State Baja-

We will be unveiling our brand new 2014 Car next week; please come by to show support and learn more about the team!

 

Details:

Monday, April 21, 2014, Engineering Building Room 1345, 6:00 pm (roughly an hour long).

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Baja Videos in Production

The MSU Baja media team, Chris Baldwin and Brian Wolff, are producing a series of videos promoting Baja and showing the world what we do. Stay tuned as these videos are released!

Chief Engineer Tom Dionne being interviewed out at the shop for the videos.

Chief Engineer Tom Dionne being interviewed out at the shop for the videos.

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New Car is Finished!

This last weekend, the new 2014 car was finally completed after almost a year of design and fabrication. Next, the car has to be broken back down, sandblasted, powder-coated, and anodized, then reassembled for testing and fine tuning. Stay posted on the progress by checking on michiganstatebaja.com!

New car all assembled just before being broken down for sandblasting, powder-coating, and anodizing.

New car all assembled just before being broken down for sandblasting, powder-coating, and anodizing.

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Spring Break Progress

The team has been hard at work over the last couple months building the brand new 2014 Baja car! Check out the progress that has been made through spring break.

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Winter Progress

1/12/14

Over these past few weeks our team has made a lot of progress on our 2014 car. The chassis is nearly complete and components for the rest of the systems are arriving daily.  Meanwhile our electrical team has been developing speed and other diagnostic sensors that will be validated on a old car during Blizzard Baja next month in Houghton, MI. In addition to work on the new car, many of our new members have been working hard to prepare our existing fleet for Blizzard Baja where we hope to match the success we had at Midnight Mayhem in September.™

 

We are out at the shop every Saturday and every Sunday. Come out to the shop and help us out as we undertake this exciting year!

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2014 Car Progress

The MSU Baja team's brand new 2014 car is rapidly coming together. Check out this picture of our progress from this last weekend.

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Midnight Mayhem V

9/29/2013

This year's Midnight Mayhem competition down in Louisville got the 2013 - 2014 season off to a great start. We had two cars finish in the top 15! See the video below for some highlights from the race.

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Baja in the State News!

The MSU Baja Team's 2013 rookie drive day was featured in a piece by the East Lansing State News. 

See the article here:

http://statenews.com/article/2012/09/student_baja_racing_team_rookies_head_to_racetrack

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Top Ten Finish at MTU Winter Baja

On February 20, the team traveled to Houghton, Michigan to compete in the Winter Baja Invitational.  The event consisted of some 15 teams, 40 cars and four hours of endurance racing on an ice and snow track in the town of Lake Linden.  State Baja racing made quite a showing, bringing four cars along with 15 members with two cars making it the entire race.  The 2009 vehicle, "Willy," finished 14th despite a driveshaft issue that left the four-wheel-drive inoperative.  One of our oldest cars, "Turtle", finished in 6th place, just a handful of laps behind the winner.  Keep an eye out for updates as we near completion of the 2010 vehicle and begin the SAE competition series!

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MSU Baja Eigth in the World

The 2010 Baja SAE season came to an end last weekend with the Wet World Challenge in Rochester, NY, hosted by Rochester Institute of Technology.  Before this last competition, the team had traveled to Greenville, South Carolina in April and Bellingham, Washington in May, making them one of only ten teams that competed in all three races of the Baja SAE North American Series.  The team excelled at the static and dynamic portion of all three competitions and were always in the top 15 coming into the endurance event.  Unfortunately, crippling drive train failures during the four-hour endurance race at Carolina and Washington led to a middle-of-the-pack overall finish for each race.  For the last race, in addition to strengthening key components, the team fabricated a flotation device and rear wheel fenders that allowed the car to traverse open water.  At the final event, the World Challenge, the team ended strong with a sixth place finish in the endurance race propelling them to eighth overall out of 89 registered teams.  Complete competition results for all three competitions can be found here. We would like to thank all of our sponsors and alumni whose continued support made such a great season possible.  Thank you and Go State!

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MSU Baja Races

 

MSU will be attending all three SAE races in 2011, including Birmingham (April 14-17), Kansas (May 26-29), and Rochester (Illinois 8-11).

Designing and building a Baja car takes months of late nights and hard work, but it takes just three days to judge the success of that work by subjecting it to the extreme stresses of competition and the critical eye of industry professionals. Every SAE-sanctioned event consists of three major components: statics, dynamics and endurance.

Before a car can even be driven at a competition, it must pass a series of rigorous screenings to ensure the vehicle is safe to operate. First, the engine is checked and set to a regulated maximum RPM, ensuring the engine has not been modified. Next, the vehicle undergoes a comprehensive, itemized technical inspection administered by an industry official during which every component is checked to be within the rules and regulations provided by the organization. Finally, the braking system is passed when the car demonstrates its ability to lock all four wheels while driving. This three-part check is performed at every SAE race before a car can drive, even if the vehicle has competed in previous competitions.

Also part of the static events are the design presentation and cost report. In design, each team highlights the considerations that went in to the design of the vehicle and answers questions from a panel of system professionals e.g. suspension and steering, ergonomics, etc. The cost report totals the price of every component of the vehicle, giving the overall vehicle cost. Static events account for 350 points in the overall score for each competition.

The second day of competition tests specific designs and systems of the car in a series of timed races. These events vary by competition, but generally consist of the following: Acceleration is a simple drag-race against the clock. Suspension and traction subjects the car to bumps, turns, and drops all designed to push the car's ability to cope with all possibilities of terrain. Maneuverability demonstrates the car's steering and speed as it careens through a contorted convolution of curves. Hill climb is exactly what it sounds like, posing a steep incline littered with rocks and other obstacles. The rock climb, designed to test torque and ground clearance, is often the most punishing event more cars often flip over than finish. The pulling event pits the car against a weighted sled as it traverses a variety of terrains. A total of 300 points is awarded for all dynamic events.

The most exciting day of competition is saved for last: the endurance race puts all the cars on the same track at once, subjecting them to a gauntlet of car-crunching obstacles. Vehicles never drive the entire time, having to make pit-stops for fuel and driver changes. If a car breaks down, it can be towed back to the team's trailer for repairs before re-entering the race. All these aspects make this part of the competition incredibly exhilarating for observers and participants alike. Whichever team completes the most laps around the track at the end of four hours is declared winner and awarded 400 points in the overall competition. After the endurance race, the points are tallied from static, dynamic, and endurance events and the team with the most points out of 1050 is declared the winner.

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