|Position||Car #||Team||Total Elapsed Time||Average Speed||Time From Nearest Competitor|
|1||8||California State University - Los Angeles||28:41:34||43.29|
|2||1||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||29:00:20||42.83||0:18:46|
|3||16||Stanford University/UC - Berkeley||29:33:15||42.03||0:32:55|
|4||12||Texas A&M University||29:47:21||41.70||0:14:06|
|5||74||Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology||31:37:54||39.27||1:50:33|
|6||111||University of Michigan||32:14:01||38.54||0:36:07|
|7||24||University of Waterloo||32:22:04||38.38||0:08:03|
|8||43||University of Missouri - Columbia||32:25:38||38.31||0:03:34|
|11||35||University of Minnesota||36:37:55||33.91||1:26:41|
|13||96||The University of Western Ontario||38:14:32||32.48||0:47:33|
|14||22||University of Illinois||38:39:59||32.13||0:25:27|
|15||17||University of Pennsylvania||39:08:21||31.74||0:28:22|
|16||97||Western Michigan University||42:10:56||29.45||3:02:35|
|17||42||University of Missouri - Rolla||43:26:56||28.59||1:16:00|
|18||33||Ohio State University||43:42:59||28.41||0:16:03|
|19||00||University of North Dakota||47:44:40||26.02||4:01:41|
|20||3||Mankato & Winona State Universities||49:05:03||25.31||1:20:23|
|21||21||New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology||50:46:46||24.46||1:41:43|
|22||27||United States Military Academy||51:29:25||24.12||0:42:39|
|24||28||Kansas State University||53:43:00||23.12||1:58:17|
|25||29||Columbus State Community College||55:20:31||22.45||1:37:31|
|26||9||Iowa State University||65:32:29||18.95||10:11:58|
|27||2||California State University - Long Beach||67:31:32||18.40||1:59:03|
|29||101||Ecole de Technologie Superieure||71:03:34||17.48||1:16:25|
|30||6||Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University||75:29:19||16.46||4:25:45|
|32||777||South Dakota School of Mines and Technology||79:43:46||15.58||2:11:13|
|35||504||University of New Orleans||93:10:10||13.33||2:00:25|
|36||7||George Washington University||19:06:17||0.00|
Team from CSULA School of Engineering and Technology(Story below adapted by S.F.F. from University Times article by Dru Farnham published April 22, 1996.)
Captures First Place in Mini-Baja West 1996 Competition
CSULA's Winning Entry in Mini-Baja West Competition
In a grueling three-day meet held in April near Tempe, Arizona, a CSULA team participating in the Mini-Baja West car competition captured first place overall in a field that included more than 70 entries from the U.S. and Mexico. The meet was sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
The highlight, and most heavily weighted event of this multi-event competition, was the four-hour endurance race in which the CSULA team took first place. See picture of track below.
Beating such schools as Cal Poly Pomona, USC, U.C. Irvine, Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, required excellence in aesthetics as well as in specific car performance tests such as hill climbing, acceleration, and maneuverability. All competing teams used identical engines donated by Briggs and Stratton.
At the end of the first day (April 18) of the meet, CSULA was in sixth place, as calculated from a third place finish in mechanical design, a fourth place finish in aesthetics, and other scored events. At the end of the second day, two performance events gave the team a third place finish in the hill climb, and a second place in acceleration.
CSULA came in first in the four-hour endurance race on the third day. This gave the team first place overall. The prize was a large trophy with the name of the university engraved on it. U.C. Irvine placed second. Last year, first place went to a team from Mexico, and the year before that, first place went to a team from CSU Sacramento.
"The Mini-Baja Project is a great opportunity to apply what we learn in the classroom to a real, 'hands-on,' comprehensive project. It is a great way to complete your engineering study because you draw from many different classes," said team member John Chang.
The win capped a team effort that began in July 1995. The team was captained by Mark van Dalm and included John Chang, Stan Palmer, Mark Fisher, Hironao Hashimoto, Miguel Osorio, Jose Taxcla, Jose Lopez, Patrick Alvarado, and Everardo Hernandez. Except for Stan Palmer, who is a Dept. of Technology student, all the team members are students in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
General Motors is making arrangements to exhibit the CSULA car at a truck and bus convention in Detroit in October 1996.
Faculty advisor, and Prof. of ME, Lih-Min Hsia said that "every time we enter, we do well. Sometimes we do exceptionally well. There is a tremendous educational benefit. I always encourage students to participate in nation-wide competitions."
CSULA earned a reputation for excellence when it participated in several Mini-Baja competitions held in the 1980's. In 1983, CSULA placed first overall. For three consecutive years before that CSULA placed second overall. CSULA did not participate in the Mini-Baja competition for the next ten years until the car-building project was revived in 1994 by members of the CSULA Student Chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). In April 1995, in El Paso, Texas, a CSULA team placed sixth overall at the Mini-Baja classic.
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