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

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 �cole 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

Saturday May 8, 2004

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)