100 Years; 100 Miles; 100 Degrees - SAE Mini Baja 100

WARRENDALE, Pa. (May 23, 2005) - As part of its 100th anniversary celebration, SAE International has slated the Mini Baja 100 student engineering competition for June 1-4, 2005, at Caterpillar Inc.'s Tinaja Hills Training Center near Tucson, Ariz.

More than 130 college teams have registered to compete in this Collegiate Design Series event to design and build an off-road vehicle that can survive the punishment of rough terrain. All vehicles are powered by a 10-horsepower Intek Model 20 engine donated by Briggs & Stratton Corporation.

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 the project - as well as manage educational priorities.

In 1976, the first Mini Baja event was held at the University of South Carolina and Fort Jackson. In just two years, SAE divided the Mini Baja competition into three regional events: East, Midwest and West.

This year, the Mini Baja West event becomes the SAE Mini Baja 100 in honor of the Society of Automotive Engineer's 100th anniversary. Because Mini Baja is the longest running Collegiate Design Series event, SAE will be celebrating the event in true Baja style -- in the Arizona desert. To emphasize the 100th theme, the competition's four-hour endurance event has been modified to a 100-mile race.

Here's the day-by-day schedule:
Wednesday, June 1 - Registration and Technical Inspection
Thursday, June 2 - Static Events Day
Friday, June 3 - Dynamic Events Day
Saturday, June 4 - Endurance Event Day

For more information on these competitions, please visit http://students.sae.org/competitions/