April 5, 2019
After countless hours at the design computer and whiteboard, an eager Mississippi State University Baja Society of Automotive Engineers team, Mud Dawgs Motorsports, plans to make a name for itself at the International competition at Tennessee Tech University on April 11-14, 2019.
As one of the world’s largest international collegiate engineering design competitions, this event pits more than 100 teams against each other in a battle of design, performance and engineering skill.
Building on pass success, the team looks to revitalize the legacy of the former SAE Mini-Baja team at MSU, which existed from 1998 to 2001. The former team saw great success placing as high as 9th place overall in 1999 SAE Mini-Baja East and winning multiple awards for being some of the most innovative teams.
The current 23 interdisciplinary members on this year’s Mississippi State team hope to earn the respect as one of the strongest rookie teams at the competition. The team has worked hard to develop the entire vehicle from the ground up over the last year and a half.
“This year, we will have a vehicle design focusing on simple engineering which allows us to cheaply and easily machine the multitude of components on the car. This reduction in complex design should reflect design rigorous enough to withstand the challenges of our competition, specifically the 4-hour endurance race against all other SAE Baja vehicles,” Team leader and founder Mitchell Henry said.
The annual Baja SAE student competition challenges university teams to develop a small off-road vehicle. The cars are put through a series of tests, including an endurance race which includes harsh elements and rough terrain. More Information about the competition can be found here.
Follow the team’s progress on Instagram at mud_dawg_motorsports.