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ETS Tops 140 Teams - Wins Third Mini Baja Event of 2005

WARRENDALE, Pa., June 22, 2005 - Auburn University looked strong in winning Mini Baja Midwest's endurance test, but Ecole de Technologie Superieure of Montreal won the overall competition, capturing the Dayton Cup and achieving a three-peat in the process. The Dayton Cup is awarded by the Dayton Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Ecole de Technologie Superieure posted an overall score of 905.6 during the competition, which was held June 16-19 in Troy, Ohio. Scoring includes a series of static and dynamic events. The win gave Ecole de Technologie Superieure a "three-peat" of Mini Baja championships in 2005. The Canadian engineering school also won the Mini Baja East, held in Rochester, N.Y., and the Mini Baja 100, held in Green Valley, Ariz. It's the first time that one school has won first-place overall in a single season since the Mini Baja competition began in 1976.

The competition focuses on simulating real-world engineering design projects and the challenges that go with them. Participating engineering students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive rough terrain, and, in the case of the East competition, even water. The object of the competition is to provide SAE student members with a challenging project that involves the planning and manufacturing tasks found when introducing a new product to the consumer industrial market.

Other event winners include:
Hill Climb: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor - 46.39 pts.
Maneuver: Auburn University - 99.59 pts.
Top Speed: SAE Brasil #2 - 50 pts.
Cost: Instituto Technolgico De Buenos Aires - 48.45 pts.
Design: Universite Laval - 96 pts.
Mini Baja Midwest Results complete listing.

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