The CECS Racing Mocs Baja Competition Team had a great year! During the spring and summer months, the team competed in two international competitive events sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The SAE Collegiate Design Series tasks students to design and build a single-seat, all-terrain, sporting vehicle. The vehicle is to serve as a prototype for a reliable, maintainable, ergonomic, and fuel efficient vehicle which serves a recreational user market.
With the support of Denso Corporation, Volkswagen of North America, and the funds raised by the team members, the UTC team traveled first to Pittsburg State University, Kansas, and later to Caterpiller, Inc. in Peoria, Illinois, and participated in competitions. The overall evaluation of each vehicle consists of vehicle design and costing, braking, sled pull, and four hour-long endurance racing. At the Kansas event, the team finished 26th out of 110 competitors, placing higher in the rankings than Tennessee Tech University, University of Texas, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Clemson University – to name a few. As the team moved on to Illinois, they finished 25th out of 108 teams competing.
The Racing Mocs initiative is part of CECS’ interdisciplinary design efforts within the 3850/4850 course sequence which provides the opportunity for collaborative work by the students from project design, to budget and cost projections, to construction of the vehicle. 2017 marks the eleventh year of competition by UTC CECS teams.
Congratulations to the Racing MOCS!