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Golden Bear Racing Takes Third Place in Baja Competition

THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 - 11:11 AM Engineering , All News

Western New England University’s Golden Bear Racing Team made great strides in its third year competing in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja Collegiate Design Series competition taking third place in the Hill Climb event. The competition was held April 27-30 in Gorman, CA. Competing in a field of 110 teams, including RIT, Cornell, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech in addition to international teams from six countries, the Golden Bears also ranked 16th in the Suspension competition, 24th in Maneuverability, and 58th in Acceleration. This year’s Hill Climb performance moved the team up from an 8th place finish last year.

The Golden Bear Racing Team continues to attract students from all disciplines of engineering interested in the hands-on opportunity provided by the experience, enabling them to design, build, and test their own technical systems.

“Working on the Baja car has been the greatest experience that I’ve had,” said junior Mechanical Engineering major Megan Ilnicky. “It’s a wonderful way to tie in all of the things you learn in class and apply it to a real-world experience.”

Watch a video of this year’s 3rd place Hill Climb performance by the Golden Bear Racing Team. No team in the competition this year was able to reach the top of the hill.