Rochester Institute of Technology’s mini-Baja team competed for the first time this year at the Mini Baja East, hosted by the University of Central Florida in Orlando, April 4-6.
RIT earned first place for acceleration and grabbed top-10 finishes in endurance, sled-pull, suspension, top-speed and traction contests. In a new category this year, unique to the Mini Baja East, RIT took eighth place in the mud bogs challenge. Overall, competing among 49 teams, RIT earned seventh and 15th places.
RIT will enter two mini-Baja cars—one painted in traditional RIT orange and brown and another painted in patriotic red, white and blue—in the Mini Baja West, May 8-10, in Provo, Utah, and the Midwest Mini Baja, June 5-8, in Troy, Ohio.
Design improvements this year include flotation devices, fiberglass rear fenders and wider tires— all aimed to enhance performance during the deep-water maneuverability contest—and a new frame and enhanced braking and suspension systems.
Mini-Baja competitions are sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers and Briggs & Stratton Corp.