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Stout Baja participates in three different events throughout the year. These events allow us to test our designs, improve our designs, and enjoy our club to its full potential.

Backwoods Baja

Our first event is an invitational that our club hosts near our campus. It is located in Arkansas Wisconsin, at a motocross track. We normally have about 150-200 students, and roughly 20 cars that participate. This event goes over the course of an entire day, in which we have three different races. Two endurance races where the cars just compete to both get the most amounts of laps, and not break in the given time frame. The third race is what is called the fastest lap, in which the teams have a single lap going backwards on the track to find who has both the fastest car and the most skilled driver.

Our team does not stop at just inviting people and running the race and concessions. We also go out the weekend before the race and construct the track including jumps, turns, pits, and traps so the teams that come to visit can have an enjoyable course that challenges their design, and structural stability.

 

Winter Baja

Our second event we go to is hosted by Michigan Tech near their campus. It is called winter Baja since the track is made from snow and ice. This allows us to get out and test our cars in a different environment that normal. Helping drivers to improve their skills in driving in a slippery terrain. This competition we load a few trucks up with our team, trailer and as many cars as we have available, and we drive up to Houghton, Michigan. We compete all day with similar race events to our own that we host.

 

Nationals

Our third and last even of the season is always a nationals competition. The previous year we have gone to the national’s completion just outside Madison Wisconsin. Where they host many different events. Some of the events available are tractor pull, mud bog, agility, acceleration, breaking, and a short obstacle course. These events are all held on the first day of nationals along with some more professional completions such as marketing, cost reports, and design briefs. All of these different events allow your team to earn points toward an overall ranking system. The last day is the endurance challenge, where the cars are placed on a large obstacle course and have to run for 4 hours straight. This challenge tests the durability of the design as well as the physical properties of the metals selected in construction.