It was a special day for the Iowa Baja team. For the first time, the entire team traveled to the Iowa Baja Off-Site Vehicle Testing Area for new members to have a chance to learn how to drive one of the Baja Vehicles.
The Iowa Baja Off-Site Vehicle Testing Area is new to Iowa Baja for this year. Spanning over 13.5 Acres, it is used to ensure our designs are capable enough to withstand real-world abuse. While our designs are acutely based on proven formulae and design, some scenario's are better tested in the real world.
Car 88 moving through the maneuverability portion of the Test Site
After a quick drivers briefing to ensure all members were aware of the layout of the track, members began to get their first experiences with the Baja vehicles. They tested high-speed stability on the gravel track, then learned how to maneuver the vehicles in adverse conditions properly
As expected, the members enjoyed determining the unique handling characteristics of the car. At the same time, the vehicles were able to display the durability of our designs, having no issue handling the terrain.
To cap off the day, the members of the Baja Team competed against one another to see who could enter the vehicle and strap into the safety belts in the shortest amount of time. To test this, members were required to get into the driver's seat, buckle the 5-point racing harness, complete a lap around an obstacle, unbuckle and get out of the car. It is quite difficult, due to the small nature of the cockpit of the vehicle. Unsurprisingly, this competition was won by Members Rob Pohren & Mitchell Evens, aided by their experience racing other vehicles with a similar harness design.
Testing at the Off-Site Testing Area was a success today not only to prove designs but to allow for the members to have a chance to drive the machines they spend countless hours designing and fabricating. Moments like these would not be possible without our group of dedicated and generous sponsors. To become a sponsor, contact us, or to own a piece of Baja, purchase one of our Camouflage Caps at the BajaSHOP.