History

1st Generation - 2006

Getting the Baja team off the ground was not the easiest thing that has ever been done.  First no one on the team had ever really built anything from the ground up we had a few very experienced people on the team which lead us every step of the way; Mitch and Philip were there to really get the first car off the blocks. The team took a previous Virginia Tech Baja car and took the rear end off the car and used it on the first generation car. The gen 1 car’s frame was not even complete when school ended for the summer; the car was built in only 3 weeks if you want to look at it that way. We spent many nights working on the car until 5 in the morning and would sleep for a few hours and then get right back to it. Now Mitch and Philip were pretty much the team. In many ways it was their design and they also put a lot of their time and energy into their baby, you could call it. There were many nights were we would work till about 11.  We fired up the car for the first time only 30 minutes before we were scheduled to head up to competition; it was very stressful but it the long run it all worked out and also taught us many do’s and don’ts when it comes to the Baja car. After that year a lot of planning and designing went into it which was an extreme help to time actually in shop and also we were much more efficient went it came to wasting material and also time spent building the car. In the long run it was a great experience and also was a great knowledge tool for many Baja teams to come.

2nd Generation - 2007

The initial goals for the 2007-2008 school year were to create a new car that was lighter, faster, with a fully independent suspension. The car was lightened by using different material for the chassis, lighter air springs, and by removing the gear box. A fully independent suspension was also designed using a Polaris axle in the rear.

The chassis was composed of chrome-moly steel which is just as strong as regular steal, but weighs only a fraction as much. The coil-over shocks were replaced with compressed air shocks which weigh considerably less. The transfer case that was used the previous year to create a low, high, and reverse gear was let off all together since it weighted a lot and was determined not to be necessary.

A fully independent suspension was designed too maximize the time the wheels were on the ground, thus keeping the power to the ground. The front suspension was designed with unequal length a-arms to promote camber gain through out the suspension cycle. Unequal length a-arms were used in the rear as well with custom fabricated bearing carriers. A Polaris axle assembly from an independent suspension four wheeler was used in the rear to connect the wheels to the chain drive that came off the transmission.

VWCC Motorsports finished 52nd out of 120 teams and excelled in several aspects of the competition.

3rd Generation - 2008

The third year of the Baja team was a year of learning and a lot of team work. The team consisted of only 6 members with only a few returning member from the 2nd generation car. Team leaders were Ryan and Ben. Members included Robert, Garret, Issac, and Patrick. The car design was first planned through Inventor and then the car was modified from there. The chassis and rollcage from the 2nd gen car remained the same while a major change to the rear suspension occured. The team chose to combine the use of a motorcycle transmission and a CVT. The body was of chromolly. The team competed in the SAE competition in Madison, Wisconsin where they placed 73rd. The team passed all tests with little to no trouble. When it came down to the Endurance race, the team ran into an obstacle where the differential slipped out and caused the team a lot of time to fix. The camber of the tires made the differential slip because it didn’t give any lead way when turning.

5th Generation - 2011

The fifth year of VWCC Motorsports Baja Team went to competition May 26-29, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Kansas.