Picerne Resident Carnival September 10th

KSU Baja is attending the Picerne Resident Carnival in Fort Riley at 11 am on September 10th.  It is held on post outside in a green space area right across from our Program Office, 2460-A G St.  We are grateful for the area they have provided us and will hopefully be able to drive the car for those in attendance. Hope to see you there!

KSU Fall Engineering Rally August 21st

KSU Baja is attending the Fall 2011 Engineering rally at Kansas State Engineering complex at 4:30 on August 21st.  We will have the car set up for pictures as well as some team members to answer questions.  Come out and see us!!

54th Overall Baja SAE Midwest

KSU Baja placed 54th in Baja SAE Midwest which took place in our home state of Kansas.  The four hour drive to Pittsburg, KS where the competition held was great for the team as well as our supporters. We were glad to finally be able to show our car during competition to all who showed up and supported us.  This competition  started out well with passing tech inspection the first time through. Kansas State was one of only five teams to do this. On the third day we  made it though all the dynamic events without any problems.  The final day during the endurance race our car was involved in a collision and experienced major steering problems for the rest of the competition. Due to this we lost many laps and ended up 54th overall.

Event Results:

  • Overall   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -        54th
  • Endurance   - - - - - - - - - - - -        64th
  • Water Maneuverability   - -       17th
  • Suspension and Traction  - -      45th
  • Pulling   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -      58th
  • Land maneuverability    - -        49th
  • Acceleration   - -  - - - - - - - - -       50th
  • Design    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -       37th
  • Cost  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -       32nd

18th Overall Baja SAE East

KSU Baja placed 18th overall at the SAE East competition in Birmingham, AL at the Stony Lonesome ORV park.  On Friday, the second day of the competition, the site received five inches of rain and tornado watches which shorted the day causing the team to pass technical inspection the following morning.  This did not stop the team from performing well in the next day's dynamic events. KSU greatly improved their acceleration time compared to previous years due to the help from their new sponsor MX2 and placed 24th with a time of 6.502 seconds.  Kansas State placed 17th in the water maneuverability giving them a great starting position in the endurance race on the final day of competition.  Completing 10 laps in the four hour endurance race placed Kansas in 20th.  The car had problems with the brake calipers not releasing causing at times for our top speed to decrease significantly.  The team would like to thank all of our sponsors and alumni for their support. Complete results and photo link posted below.

Event Results:

  • Overall   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -        18th
  • Endurance   - - - - - - - - - - - -        20th
  • Water Maneuverability   - -       17th
  • Suspension and Traction  - -      17th
  • Pulling   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -      27th
  • Land maneuverability    - -        22nd
  • Acceleration   - -  - - - - - - - - -       24th
  • Design    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -       19th
  • Cost  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -       21st

K-State Telefund February 15th

KSU Baja members are participating in the annual Kansas State Telefund this year.  As a team we decided to sign up all for the same time slot on February 15th.  Since the College of Engineering has always helped us out we would like to return the favor by helping out during the Telefund.  More info is available at the link below.

KSU Spring Engineering Rally January 17th

KSU Baja is attending the Spring 2011 Spring Engineering rally at Kansas State Engineering complex at 6pm January 17.  We will have the car set up for pictures as well as some team members to answer questions.  Come out and see us!!

Briggs Jeep Jamboree October 23rd-24th

KSU Baja was invited to Briggs Auto Annual Jeep Jamboree.  Baja participated both days of the event.  The first day we displayed our car at the Briggs dealership with all the other great jeeps.  We even drove our car around the parking lot.  The Manhattan country radio station B104.7 Hot Country even got us a plug concerning our team at the event.  The second day the team drove the car at Randolph ORV park.  We went on the trails there with all the other jeeps.  Everyone on the team had a great time. Next year we hope to be invited back.

Words from the Treasurer:

“I just want to send out a thanks to Briggs Auto for hosting the Baja team at the Jamboree. We all had a great time!”

100th Anniversary BSA Celebration October 9th

We were glad when Assistant Dean Tom Roberts invited our team to the 100th Anniversary Boy Scouts of American Celebration in Salina, Kansas.  Some of our team members were scouts so we wanted to give back to the organization, as well as start off the year with a great event.  Once we arrived at the event we realized they had given a rather large plot for our display. We decided to set up a small course to drive the car on.  Everyone on the team had a chance to drive the car.  The boy scouts really enjoyed seeing the car and talking with us, even some of the parents were surprised at what the car could do.