Rochester Institute of Technology’s mini-Baja team earned seventh place overall at the annual Mini Baja West, hosted by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, May 8-10.
Competing against more than 100 teams, RIT captured first place in the "rock crawl" challenge, took third for maneuverability, earned fifth in the hill climb event, and placed sixth for acceleration.
"It was one of the most challenging courses we’ve seen," says Marty Gordon, team advisor and RIT assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology, adding that the weather featured a mixture of rain, sleet and snow.
The competition was the RIT team’s second this spring. Last month at the Mini Baja East in Orlando, Florida, RIT earned seventh and 15th places among 49 teams. RIT will race two mini-Baja cars in the Midwest Mini Baja, June 5-8, in Troy, Ohio.
Mini-Baja competitions are sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers and Briggs & Stratton Corp.