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Baja Vehicle Competition

Vladimir Panlilio is the faculty advisor to the University of Calgary (U of C) Schulich Off-Road Team. The team competed this past May at the Baja SAE in Portland Oregon and has significantly improved its ranking from past years. Baja SAE is an intercollegiate competition organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). For 2012, the team led by Cameron Day placed as the top 3rd Canadian university after University of Laval and Ecole de Technologie Superieure. The Schulich Off-Road Team ranked 13th overall this year compared to 58th last year. A total of 75 university teams, mostly from North America, competed and the Schulich Off-Road Team placed as one of the top ten teams in the dynamic events of acceleration, hill climb, and manoeuvrability.

The SAE holds three international competitions each year for student teams to design and build a one-person off-road vehicle powered by a 10hp 305cc single cylinder Briggs and Stratton engine. The competitors are judged in static and dynamic categories: cost, design, presentation, acceleration, manoeuvrability, rock crawl, hill climb, and endurance.

For more team information, visit: www.facebook.com/schulich.offroad.

2012 Schulich Off-Road Team - Quinn Hepburn in vehicle, left to right: Vladimir Panlilio (faculty advisor), Jessie Soong, Cameron Day, Valerie Chan, Cody Edwards, Christopher Stannard, Kathleen Szymanek, Luke Ryan, Grant Cechmanek, Tom Eldridge, and Cameron Day (team captain)

2012 Schulich Off-Road Team – Quinn Hepburn in vehicle, left to right: Vladimir Panlilio (faculty advisor), Jessie Soong, Cameron Day, Valerie Chan, Cody Edwards, Christopher Stannard, Kathleen Szymanek, Luke Ryan, Grant Cechmanek, Tom Eldridge, and Cameron Day (team captain)