Peoria, Illinois Competition

Check out our latest post to see some shots from the Peoria Baja SAE Competition

Rock Quarry Stop Over

The team couldn't resist this rock pit while travelling to Illinois for the competition!

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Rochester 2013 Recap

Hello all, it has been quite a while since there has been quite a long time since there was a post on here but that is going to change.  In the 2013-2014 season we plan to have monthly updates that will go into depth with one system or subsystem of the baja.  First of all is an unapologetically late recap of the 2012-2013 season.

This year Memorial Baja went to the SAE Baja Rochester competition, where RIT did a great job of hosting and also helping out almost every team that ran into troubles.  We had a rough start to the competition when our tech inspection time conflicted with our design presentation time.  This set us behind going into the dynamic events day, when the only thing that was actually wrong on the car was a small plate that attached to the fire extinguisher.  To sum up the team after the static day in one word it would be rattled.

The second day, and the entire competition, was saved by one thing: Jared not skipping legs day.  There was trouble getting the back brakes to lock up to pass the brake test, and things were getting desperate.  I don't want to say just how desperate, because no self respecting engineer would ever do something stupid like adding burrs to the brake disk... or cover it in glue.  At the peak or our desperation Jared stepped up to try and get the brakes to lock up and one severely bent brake pedal later we were past brakes and onto dynamic events.

Calling it dynamic events is being a bit generous, it was more of dynamic testing.  It was the first time that the 2013 car had actually been driven, and besides a couple of small things that broke the car performed really well.

This year marked a first for Memorial Baja, it was the first time that the Baja ever had to come in for gas instead of something breaking that forced a pit.  The endurance race went close to perfectly, after the testing and tweaking during the dynamic events the baja really pulled through when it counted.

Overall the car outperformed expectations and was a large success for all involved.  For the first time ever we left a competition with a running car that can be incrementally improved upon instead of having to make many massive changes.  There is still lots to be done, but the foundation has been laid where the future teams can build the next winning racer.  A large thank you to all of our sponsors that allow us to continue Memorial Baja year after year.