RIT captured first place in the event’s premier challenge, a four-hour, rough-terrain endurance race. RIT, the only team from the United States in the South American competition, also took first in top-speed and cost categories and finished in fifth place overall against teams from more than 70 other colleges and universities.
Overall in "dynamic" events—which include acceleration, braking, hill climbing, maneuverability, speed and traction—RIT captured third place.
The Brazilian challenge was the first of four mini-Baja competitions in which RIT will compete this spring. RIT will race two mini-Baja cars at the Mini Baja West, April 26 to 28, at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.; the Mini Baja East, May 10 to 12, at the University of South Carolina in Columbia; and the Midwest Mini Baja, June 1 to 3, in Troy, Ohio. Competitions are sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.