Our History

2016 Tennessee #24, Rochester #64

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Chassis: Fully optimized and refined chassis

Suspension: Steel Front A-Arms, Aluminum Rear Linked Trailing Arms

Drivetrain: Gaged Engineering CVT coupling 10 HP Briggs and Stratton Engine to custom single speed double reduction gearbox improved from 2015

Results: 7th Acceleration, 11th Hillclimb, 19th in Design, 39th Overall at Baja SAE RIT, 1st Overall in Acceleration, 10th in Suspension Traction, 15th Manuverability at Midmight Mayhem VIII

2015 Maryland #44 ‘Mad Max’

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Chassis: Further refined chassis from  2013

Suspension: Steel Front A -Arms, Aluminum Rear Semi-Trailing Arms

Drivetrain: Gaged Engineering CVT coupling 10 HP Briggs and Stratton Engine to custom single speed double reduction gearbox

Results: 21st in Design, 12th in Acceleration at Baja SAE Maryland

2014 Illinois #20 ‘Roxanne’

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Chassis: Modified 2013 frame

Suspension: New Steel A-Arm front

Drivetrain: CVTech CVT coupling 10 HP Briggs and Stratton to custom designed reduction chain case

Results:  12th in Rockcrawl, 5th in Hill Climb at Baja SAE Illinois

2013 Rochester #50

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Chassis: All new refined and condensed design of 2012 frame

Suspension: All aluminum rear semi trailing arms, all aluminum front a-arms

Drivetrain: CVTech CVT coupling 10 HP Briggs and Stratton to custom designed reduction chain case

Results: 19th in Design

2012 Wisconsin #53

2012

Learning from Rusty’s design, the 2012 car incorporated a similar yet lighter frame and rear semi trailing suspension. As we know today, although Trusty Rusty is reliable, his weight slows him down. 2012 met a terrible fate when a roll over during training caused the upper chassis structural tubing to bend violently inward. All functional parts were salvaged.

Chassis: All New, refined design of 2009-2010 frame

Suspension: lightened rear semi trailing arms, refined front a-arm design

Drivetrain: 10 HP Briggs and Stratton coupled to custom built reduction gearbox via CVTech CVT

Results: 30th in Endurance Race, 8th in Sled Pull

2010 Rochester #55 ‘Trusty Rusty’

2010

Our first and last “float” car is the longest lasting vehicle in our current fleet. Rightfully named “Trusty Rusty” the 2010 car was one of the highest placing vehicles ever made by McMaster Baja Racing. The float mechanism was specifically designed for a now removed event of the competition – the pond crossing. Contrary to popular belief, there was a time when Trusty was capable of remaining buoyant and traversing large spans of water. In later events the floats were removed, and what remained was a stable, reliable, yet rusty platform for local competitions and driver training. You’ll be able to catch Trusty in it’s last ever race competition at midnight madness in Kentucky this 2016/2017 school year. The aluminum semi-trailing rear suspension system used in Rusty became a recurrent theme for McMaster Baja for it’s simplicity in manufacture, performance, and ruggedness. It’s safe to say we’ve learned a lot from Rusty.

Chassis: Modified 2009 Frame

Suspension: New Aluminum rear semi-Trailing arms, steel Front A-Arms

Drivetrain: 10HP Briggs and Stratton drives chain reduction system through CVTech CVT

Results:28th in Endurance Race, 33rd in Design

2009 Wisconsin #30

2009

The design was completely revamped in 2009 to accommodate the changing demands of the Baja SAE competition. The chassis was ruggedized to avoid failure, as well as the suspension. The suspension involved a creative 2-link system utilizing RyfeFX Air Shocks. The drivetrain was modified to  include  a Honda 300 transmission, a polaris locking differential, and a CVTech CVT.

Chassis: All New Frame

Suspension: Custom 2-Link with RyfeFX Air shocks in all 4 Corners

Drivetrain: 10 HP Briggs and Stratton coupled to modified Honda 300 Transmission with Polaris locking differential through CVTech CVT

Results: 20th in Sled Pull, 4th in Mud Bog, 21st in Design

2008 Montreal #53

2008

The second iteration of a successful first design. Major design changes took place in the rear suspension in changing from an independent a-arm suspension to a 3 link suspension system. Chassis design has been modified for functionality and weight saving. Drivetrain remained unchanged.

Chassis: Modified 2007 frame

Suspension: Rear 3-Link, Front A-Arm

Drivetrain: 10 HP Briggs and Stratton with Comet 770 CVT and Polaris FNR Transaxle

2007 Rochester #17

2007

McMaster University’s first entrance into the Mini Baja SAE competition. A group of ambitious fourth year students decided to take the application of their studies to the next level. They were introduced to the baja sae competition by Dr. Nye, who guided them to a 49th overall finish at their first competition. The modestly painted yellow body panels conceal a fully independent double A-Arm suspension in the front and rear. The competition defined 10HP Briggs and Stratton is driven by a Comet 770 CVT belt drive turning a Polaris FNR Transaxle. A lost relic of a gone era, the McMaster Baja team constantly looks to it’s founders for inspiration and motivation for future designs.

Chassis: All New Frame

Suspension: Front and Rear Independent A-Arms

Drivetrain: 10 HP Briggs and Stratton with Comet 770 CVT and Polaris FNR Transaxle

Results: 49th Overall

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2 thoughts on “Our History

    1. They race in the SAE Baja collegiate design series held across the US as well as in races held by other universities. You cannot buy them as they are designed and built by students at universities around the world.

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