Aztec Baja 2018 Competition Results

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Aztec Baja had an incredible run in all three of their competitions this past April and May, traveling to Maryland, Kansas and Oregon. While each city and competition brought new challenges , the team was able to finish each competition with high placements. Below are notable finishes from each of the 3 competitions:

Maryland:
7th place – Acceleration Event
8th place – Endurance Race

Kansas:
3rd place – Endurance Race
5th place – Overall Competition Finish
10th place – Design Presentation (SDSU best finish ever)

Oregon:
3rd place – Endurance Race
3rd place – Sales Event (SDSU best finish ever)
5th place – Acceleration Event
5th place – Rock Crawl Event
7th place – Hill Climb Event
10th place -Maneuverability Event
4th place – Overall Competition Finish (SDSU best finish ever)

Aztec Baja also came in 6th place out of 21 teams eligible for the Mike Schmidt Memorial Award. The Mike Schmidt Award is the combined overall points from each of the three competitions in the 2018 season. This award is better explained in this link: https://www.sae.org/attend/student-events/baja-sae-kansas/awards/mike-schmidt-memorial . According to Max Drew, Aztec Baja Team Manager, “Being in the running for this award alone is a compliment in itself. We built a brand new car this year on a predetermined schedule that we put together in the summer of 2017. We finished on time with two and a half weeks of testing, before leaving to our first competition in Maryland back in April. The car never came back to campus at all in between Maryland, Kansas, and Oregon. The fact that we had to have 3 sets of spares made for each competition on time, is remarkable.”

Aztec Baja also was voted the BEST Baja SAE team on the west coast, and also the second best Baja SAE team up to the midwest, finishing right behind the University of Akron! The top 8 teams with the overall points were:
Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T)
Cornell University
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Akron
Ecole De Technologie Superieure (E.T.S) – Canada
San Diego State University
University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Case Western Reserve

This has been this club’s most successful season so far, and the team is looking to keep the ball rolling as they have already started the transition into the 2019 season. Their goals for the 2019 season are to create a private test track within San Diego County and work to acquire a Baja specific trailer for future competitions, as well as continue to move up in the standings.

The competition line up for 2019 will be at Tennessee Tech (April), Gorman-Southern California (May), and R.I.T (June). The team would like to welcome anyone from San Diego to come up and stop by for the BajaSoCal event next year in Gorman to see this competition first hand!

Congratulations to the whole Aztec Baja team and can’t wait to see what is in store for you in 2019!

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