"Students design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style
race cars. Restrictions are placed on the car frame and engine so the students' knowledge, creativity, and imagination are tested. Four cycle engines up to 610cc can be turbocharged or
supercharged to add a new dimension to the challenge of engine design."
"The vehicles are judged in three different categories: static inspection and engineering design,
solo performance trails, and high-performance track endurance."
This is a student project that NIU has competed in during previous years. This project challenges the students,
through practical experience, to learn about the designing and manufacturing stages of a large and complex product. NIU students design and build their vehicles to compete in
the Midwest Mini BajaŽ, one of three regional competitions held, each will test the students projects under severe
conditions. The student teams use donated eight-horsepower engines manufactured by Briggs & StrattonŽ.
"Students have the opportunity to design, build, and test a walking machine with a self-contained power source. During the competition, the machines perform ten tasks that
challenge students to think creatively. Students participating in this competition have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with technologically advanced components and systems
necessary for the construction and development of robots and other complex intelligent machines."
Collegiate Design Competitions
"On- and off-road excitement where students apply engineering know-how, learn teamwork, and gain irreplaceable experience employers look for."