When the dust settled - actually, when the mud was washed off - the overall winner of the Baja SAE Kansas 2011 was Universite Laval from Quebec City, Canada. Second place went to Tennessee Tech University and third to the University of Maryland - Baltimore County. Pittsburg State finished 12th out of the 90 that participated.
Sam Barill, who represented the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) at the event, called PSU's first hosting of an SAE Baja competition "a total success." Barill singled out the "enormous support from the local community," the hundreds of volunteers and the tireless efforts of faculty organizers Trent Lindbloom and Bob Schroer.
Barill said PSU's endurance course will be remembered by the teams for the way it challenged the vehicles.
"The Pittsburg State organizers had created a very arduous endurance course that included placing parking blocks in deep water pits, railroad ties in other pits, logs around the course, tight turns and of course the mud!" Barill wrote. "Of the nearly 87 teams that started the endurance part of the competition on Sunday, less than 40 were still running after the four-hour event."
California State University-Pomona won the endurance event.
The awards, by category were:
1st Place 11 Centro Universitario Da FEI, Brazil
2nd Place 12 Escola Politecnica Univ Sao Paulo, Brazil
3rd Place 13 Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
Sled Pull Event Award
2nd Place 20 Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas
3rd Place 82 Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Venezuela
Suspension & Traction Award
1st Place 1 Universite Laval, Quebec City, Canada
2nd Place 3 Ecole De Technologie Superieure, Montreal, Canada
3rd Place 78 University of Nebraska - Lincoln
1st Place 87 University of Calif - Los Angeles
2nd Place 11 Centro Universitario Da FEI, Brazil
3rd Place 93 California State Poly University-Pomona
Polaris Overall Design Award
1st Place 40 Tennessee Tech University
2nd Place 11 Centro Universitario Da FEI
3rd Place 3 Ecole De Technologie Superieure, Montreal, Canada
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama Overall Cost Award
1st Place 46 Universidad La Salle, Mexico
2nd Place 80 Universidad De La Salle Bajio, Mexico
3rd Place 6 Univ of Maryland - Baltimore County
Honda Dynamic Events Award
2nd Place 93 California State Poly University-Pomona
Honda R&D Americas Endurance Award
1st Place 93 California State Poly University-Pomona
2nd Place 1 Universite Laval, Quebec City, Canada
3rd Place 97 Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Briggs & Stratton Overall Performance Award (1-10)
1st Place 1 Universite Laval
2nd Place 40 Tennessee Tech University
3rd Place 6 University of Maryland - Baltimore County
4th Place 93 California State Poly University-Pomona
5th Place 3 Ecole De Technologie Superieure
6th Place 11 Centro Universitario Da FEI
7th Place 17 Ohio Northern University
8th Place 28 University of Wisconsin - Madison
9th Place 35 Rochester Institute of Technology
10th Place 5 Cornell University
Complete list of scores
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