The Northern Michigan University (NMU) SAE Baja Wildcat Racing team raced two cars in the 2011 Michigan Technological University (MTU) Winter Baja race held in Lake Linden Michigan on February 19 2011. The new 2011 car finished strong placing 10th out of 40 cars. The final results are not yet in, but the 2010 car appears to have finished in 20th place.
The MTU Winter Baja race consists of two 2-hour endurance races held on a 1-mile long snow covered course. The course includes several moguls, twisty turns, table top jumps, as well as a few straightaways for speed.
The 2011 car represents a couple of milestones for the NMU team. This is the first time the team has completed a new car in time to test at the MTU Winter race. With the additional time for testing and modifying, the NMU Wildcat Racing team should have a much better car running in the international race held June 10-11 in Peoria IL. The 2011 car is 200 pounds lighter than the 2010 car and has a much shorter wheelbase.
Some pictures of our cars competing.