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.

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 Sunday’s endurance event.

The awards by category were:
(Place, team name, team number)

Acceleration
First — Centro Universitario Da FEI, Brazil (No. 11)
Second — Escola Politecnica Univ Sao Paulo, Brazil (No. 12)
Third — Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil (No. 13)

Sled pull
First — Centro Universitario Da FEI, Brazil (No. 11)
Second — Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas (No. 20)
Third — Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Venezuela (No. 82

Suspension and traction
First — Universite Laval, Quebec City, Canada (No. 1)
Second — Ecole De Technologie Superieure, Montreal, Canada (No. 3)
Third — University of Nebraska - Lincoln (No. 78)

Maneuverability
First — University of Calif - Los Angeles (No. 87)
Second — Centro Universitario Da FEI, Brazil (No. 11)
Third — California State Poly University-Pomona (No. 93)

Polaris Overall Design Award
First — Tennessee Tech University (No. 40)
Second — Centro Universitario Da FEI (No. 11)
Third — Ecole De Technologie Superieure, Montreal, Canada (No. 11)

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama Overall Cost Award
First — Universidad La Salle, Mexico (No. 46)
Second — Universidad De La Salle Bajio, Mexico (No. 80)
Third — University of Maryland - Baltimore County (No. 6)

Honda Dynamic Events Award
First — Universite Laval, Quebec City, Canada (No. 1)
Second — California State Poly University-Pomona (No. 93)
Third — University of Nebraska – Lincoln (No. 78)

Honda R&D Americas Endurance Award
First — California State Poly University-Pomona (No. 93)
Second — Universite Laval, Quebec City, Canada (No. 1)
Third — Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Mich. (No. 97)

Briggs & Stratton Overall Performance Award
First — Universite Laval (No. 1)
Second — Tennessee Tech University (No. 40)
Third — University of Maryland - Baltimore County (No. 6)
Fourth — California State Poly University-Pomona (No. 93)
Fifth — Ecole De Technologie Superieure (No. 3)
Sixth — Centro Universitario Da FEI (No. 11)
Seventh — Ohio Northern University (No. 17)
Eigth — University of Wisconsin - Madison (No. 28)
Ninth — Rochester Institute of Technology (No. 35)
10th — Cornell University (No. 5)