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DATE: June 4, 2009 3:46:16 PM PDT
WWU Baja SAE Team Wins 5th Place at West Coast Competition

Contacts: Drew Thayer, WWU Baja SAE team leader, (360) 961-0794 or dmthayer@easy.com.

BELLINGHAM - Western Washington University's Vehicle Research Institute Baja SAE team placed 5th overall at the Baja SAE Oregon competition on May 7-10.

Baja SAE is an intercollegiate competition put on by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and is designed to simulate a real-world engineering design challenge. Student teams from each competing college construct, drive and maintain one small off-road car to compete in various challenges.

This year's West Coast competition took place in the Portland Metropolitan Expo Center in Portland, Ore., and the Washougal Motocross Park in Washougal, and had 95 teams from as far away as Japan, Mexico and India compete.

"I believe that this is WWU's best showing in the Baja SAE International Competition to date. Each year the teams raise the bar a bit higher for the next team, which presents an extra challenge," said Steven Fleishman, assistant professor at WWU's Vehicle Research Institute and advisor to the WWU Baja SAE team. "The competitions are very exciting and an extreme effort for all involved, and include preparation, travel, strategy planning, and the inevitable 'high speed' repairs required from the punishment the course hands out."

Western's 15-student team won 3rd place overall in dynamic events for the second year in a row, 2nd place in design presentation, 2nd place in the hill climb and 4th place in the acceleration test.  The team's car, Viking 44, was built specifically for the competition and most of the components were constructed by WWU students.

For more information on the presentation, contact Drew Thayer, WWU Baja SAE team leader, at (360) 961-0794 or dmthayer@easy.com.

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