Auburn Hosts 2006 Mini Baja East Competition April 13-15

Published: Apr 12, 2006 11:29:15 AM
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Approximately 700 college students from 65 North American universities will go head to head as Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering hosts Alabama's first Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) competition, 2006 Mini Baja East, April 13-15. Teams will compete in the design, construction, and performance of their off-road vehicles, which are intended to survive the punishment of rough terrain and a deep water pond.

The events, which will take place on the Auburn campus and on a specially-built course in nearby Opelika, include design report and evaluation, competitions in log pull, acceleration, land and water maneuverability, and suspension and traction, and a 100-mile endurance race.


  • Thursday, April 13: Static design and endurance events at Auburn University Student Activities Center
  • Friday, April 14: Log pull, water maneuverability, land maneuverability, acceleration, suspension and traction events at National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) test site in Opelika
  • Saturday, April 15: 100-mile race at a new 2.2-mile off-road track at NCAT

Founded in 1976, Mini Baja is an annual SAE student competition to design, build and race a prototype of an off-road, all-terrain vehicle. It consists of East, West and Midwest regional events, which last year hosted teams from 273 North American colleges.

To learn more about the event, please visit the competition home page at