Sun Devil Racing Development, the student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) on ASU’s Polytechnic campus, has earned two more SAE Baja Collegiate Design Series awards.
After earning the 10th overall award at their race in Maryland on May 10, 2015, the team’s off-road vehicle has now earned an 8th overall award from the International SAE Baja Competition held May, 29-31 in Portland, Oregon.
The competition brought together 115 teams from seven different countries, including India, Mexico, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.
The Sun Devil Racing Development vehicle ran four races designed to test different criteria including hill climbing, acceleration, rock crawling and maneuverability. The overall award is based on the vehicle’s success across these four races, a four-hour endurance race and a presentation of the vehicle’s design, sales and cost. The team also earned a second place award in the rock crawl race—showcasing their excellent suspension system.
As the endurance race is designed to break even the toughest of off-road vehicles, electrical issues suffered during the race caused the team to miss a few laps. However, the team was quick to resolve the issues and get the car back on the track.
“Many cars broke suspension parts due to the course’s severe obstacles, but we did very well on them,” said Jim Contes, the team’s faculty advisor and an automotive engineering senior lecturer in the Polytechnic School.
Learn more about the SAE Baja team at the Polytechnic School and what it takes to research, design and build an off-road vehicle.
The team included manufacturing engineering students:
John Dolan, sophomore
Matthew Grunwald (team captain), recent graduate
Collin Johnson, senior
Josh Patton, senior
Julian Re, recent graduate
Jason Reichel, sophomore
Carl Scott, recent graduate
Zach Yeskey, junior
Written by Rose Serago
Originally published on Inner Circle