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Record 62 University Engineering Teams to Compete in 28th Annual Society of Automotive Engineers Mini Baja® East Event near Montreal, Quebec

Saturday, May 8, 2004 - Warrendale, PA April 8, 2004

There are 62 college engineering teams entered: 43 from the U.S., 17 from Canada, one from Mexico and one from Puerto Rico. Defending champions and host school École de Technologie Superieure (ETS) from Montreal, Quebec won last year and also won the 2000 event. Local team Universite Du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres placed seventh in the 2003 event, held in Morgantown, WV. The University of Central Florida was the runner-up in last year’s Mini Baja East competition, and this year will field two vehicles.
WHAT:Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini Baja® East Collegiate Design Event
WHERE:Bromont Ski area, Bromont, Quebec CANADA
WHEN:Thursday, May 6 through Saturday, May 8, 2004
MEDIA:Register reporters and photographers with SAE by May 4
KEY POINTS:SAE Mini Baja® competitions simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. The objective of the competition is to provide SAE student members with a challenging project that involves the planning, design, and manufacturing tasks encountered when introducing a new product to the consumer industrial market. Teams compete against one another to have their design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. Students must function as a team to not only design, build, test, promote, and race a vehicle within the limits of the rules, but also to generate financial support for their project and manage their educational priorities.

All vehicles are powered by a ten-horsepower Intek Model 20 engine donated by Briggs & Stratton Corporation. This year marks the twenty-fifth year of Briggs & Stratton’s generous support of SAE Mini Baja® events. This sponsorship by Briggs & Stratton has enabled SAE to provide each team with a dependable engine free of charge. Use of the same engine by all the teams has created a more challenging engineering design test.

Bombardier Recreational Products
Montreal, Que.

Preliminary Schedule of Events
(subject to change pending weather conditions)

Thursday May 6, 2004

Site opening6:30
Registration opening7:30
Safety inspection / Briggs Tech8:30
Design evaluation9:00
Lunch11:30 - 12:30
Practice area opening13:00
End of all activities17:00
Site secured19:00

Friday May 7, 2004

Site opening6:30
Captains meeting7:30
Safety inspection (continued)8:30
Acceleration, top speed & braking8:30 - 15:00
Bus pull9:30 - 14:00
Water manoeuvrability10:00 - 15:00
Land manoeuvrability10:00 - 15:00
Lunch12:00 - 13:00
Suspension and traction15:00 - 17:00
Endurance course walk17:15 - 18:30
GM recruiting diner19:30
Team meeting for endurance race and scoring update21:00

Captains meeting7:30 Lineup for endurance race grid8:30 - 9:45 Endurance race10:00 - 14:00 Banquet and award presentation
(This event will take place in Montréal at the ETS)18:00