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International teams arrive for Baja

May 25, 2011 12:00AM

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A team from Mexico unloads their entry in the 2011 SAE Baja Kansas competition Wednesday.

A light rain was falling as a team of students from Mexico unloaded their entry in the 2011 Baja SAE Kansas competition at PSU Wednesday. They pushed it into a bay in the Kansas Technology Center between cars from France, Brazil and Argentina.

"We were supposed to be here earlier," one of the students said, "but we waited in San Antonio, Texas, for the storms to pass before we came north."

PSU is one of three sites chosen by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) for Baja events in the U.S. this year. The events are engineering design competitions in which teams of students design, build and test cars in tough off-road situations.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. Thursday and by the end of the day, the teams from Mexico, France, Argentina and Brazil will be joined by about 100 teams from the U.S. and around the world who are expected to participate in the competition.

Thursday's activities will be devoted to registering the teams, meeting with volunteers and an early inspection by Briggs and Stratton. Friday will be a full day that includes an opening session, technical inspections, design judging, and brake testing. All of these activities take place at the Kansas Technology Center.

On Saturday, the activities move to the Baja track. That day there will be a full slate of open dynamic testing and events including acceleration, sled pull, suspension and maneuverability.

The big endurance race takes place at 9 a.m. on Sunday and should conclude by 1 p.m.

Spectators are welcome at any of the open events. A complete schedule is available by clicking on the Baja SAE logo on the PSU home page.

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