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May 20, 2003
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Tech Teams Return From Vehicle Competitions
Teams from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology recently returned from three vehicle competitions. During the events, Tech student-run teams competed against the best engineering schools in the world.
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Human Powered Vehicle team finished in fifth place during the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge held in Reno, Nev.
The vehicles were judged on design and safety, and in sprint and endurance races against 12 teams from across the country. The Tech team, which designed its bike so riders sat in a recumbent position, competed in the single rider events.
The team placed first in the competition’s design component, 11th in sprint races and sixth in the endurance races.
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Mini Baja teams finished in 22nd and 83rd places in the 2003 Society of Automotive Engineers Mini Baja West competition held in Logan, Utah.
One of Tech’s vehicles was developed using last year’s frame with a few modifications, and includes mostly underclass students. The second vehicle was designed by a group
Tech competed against more than 100 engineering design teams from colleges across the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Baja cars were judged on design, cost and safety. Teams gave presentations about their cars, and showed off their performance during hill climb, maneuverability and acceleration events. The Baja cars and drivers were also put to the test during the four-hour endurance race over rugged terrain that tested the durability of each vehicle.
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Mini-Indy team finished in 49th place during the annual Mini-Indy competition in Pontiac, Mich. Mini-Indy is an annual contest organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers.
More than 120 teams from around the world traveled to the Pontiac Silverdome for the event.
Students design, fabricate and compete with small formula style racecars. The focus of Mini-Indy is not simply on who can build the fastest car, but rather on the use of engineering skills, financial know-how and creativity. Given certain car frame and engine restrictions, the competition tests students’ knowledge, creativity and imagination. Vehicles are judged on static inspection, engineering design, solo performance trials, endurance trials and on other variables.
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