At the University of Central Florida competition, the team captured first place in overall design, endurance, and overall performance, and second place in suspension & traction, design report, and oral judging.
The team also claimed first place in endurance and suspension & traction and second place in overall design and overall performance at the Rochester Institute of Technology competition. The team used iglide Q plastic bearings from igus Inc. for pivot points in the rear suspension and throttle and brake controls. The bearings reduced vehicle weight and withstood the rigors of the all-weather, multi-terrain events without maintenance. igus supported the team for the second year in a row by donating the bearings.
The Baja events challenge college students to take a vehicle design from concept to competition, combining engineering, project management, and commercialization. All vehicles run on donated Briggs & Stratton 10-hp OHV Intek engines and must complete challenges including a sled pull, mud bog, and deep-water, endurance, and land courses that test traction, suspension, and maneuverability. Vehicles are also judged on design and presentations by the teams.