The 2012 Baja SAE car was a great success in many ways. We continued to run our planetary drivetrain, which is very unique to our competition as not many other teams attempt this. Our chassis and Suspension remained the same from 2011, but we did have major transmission changes. We upgraded to the 4 arm CVT (as opposed to the 3 arm) from Gaged Engineering. This CVT was designed specifically for Baja SAE events and performed very well for us with its limitless adjustability.
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The WM Baja SAE 2011 car brought a lot of changes to the previous 2010 car. It consist of a newly designed chassis and a newly designed three link rear suspension which was an improvement over the previous trailing arm design. The new three link gives us more adjustability in the rear suspension and a new front suspension set-up helped reduced our low speed turning radius. The drivetrain is similar in design to the previous years with some significant improvements on the Gaged Engineering CVT and chain drive set-up. One of the best upgrades to the 2011 car is the addition of a Mychron 3 data collection system which allows the driver to keep an eye on RPM, velocity, engine and drivetrain temperatures.
The WM Baja SAE 2010 car is an upgrade to the previous 2009 car, that utilizes a newly designed frame with more room for the driver and a larger foot box, while still weighing less than the previous 2009 car. The car’s drive train consists of the spec Briggs and Stratton 10 horsepower engine followed by a new Gaged Engineering CVT . The output from the CVT is then directed into the same planetary gear seat, further increasing the torque output before going into a newly designed final chain drive. The vehicle also has fully independent suspension with Fox Podium X shocks that provide 12″ of suspension travel, with double a-arms in the front and trailing arms in the rear. The car also uses a hanging style “hammock seat” which was designed and made in house, that helped cut weight and provided a snug fit for any size driver.
The WM Baja SAE 2009 car is a steel tube frame off-road buggy. The car’s drive train consists of a Briggs and Stratton 10 horsepower engine followed by a Comet model 790 continuously variable transmission (CVT). The output from the CVT is then directed into a planetary gear box further increasing the torque output before going into a final chain drive. The vehicle also has fully independent suspension. This innovative suspension utilizes a double a-arm setup in the front, and trailing arms in the rear. Fox EVOL II air shocks allow for 13 inches of travel all around.
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