Cal Poly Racing Teams Put in the Hours During “Build Week”

Members of the first Cal poly Baja Racing team will have a reunion on campus this March.
A Cal Poly Baja racing car recently explored Poly Canyon. Baja Racing at Cal Poly celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Members of Cal Poly's Baja Racing team work on a chassis.
Several members of Cal Poly Racing worked at the Aero Hangar this week as part of Build Week. Here Rachel Portratz, Baja Chassis lead, works with Bodhi Edwards on the car’s metal frame.

While many students went home after finals, the first week of winter break was Build Week for Cal Poly Racing, when team members spent all day, every day working on the racing cars they will use in upcoming competitions.

More than 100 students are involved with Cal Poly Racing, which designs and manufactures three cars – a Formula SAE, Formula SAE electric and a Baja SAE car – that they take to competitions around the country.

As all Cal Poly team members look toward future competitions, the Baja team is preparing to honor its 50th anniversary, having formed in 1972 with two 1968 Ford Galaxie taxis donated by the Yellow Cab Company of Los Angeles. The members of that team, who credit Baja racing for having a meaningful influence on their engineering careers, are currently working to organize a 50-year reunion on campus this spring.

Cal Polys Baja racing cars have changed considerably since this 1972 car, donated by the Yellow Cab Company of Los Angeles.
Cal Poly’s Baja Racing began 50 years ago with this car, a former taxi.

While members of the 1972 team expect to interact with current members in March, this week was especially busy for Cal Poly Racing. Each day members could be seen applying their Learn by Doing skills at the hangar, where Cal Poly Racing is based.

Each team has multiple subsystems, allowing for specialization with brakes, chassis, composites, electronics and more.

Cal poly Racing students work on the latest Baja racing car at the Aero Hangar.
Previous Cal Poly Racing cars can be seen at the Aero Hangar as students work to create the latest models.
Cal Poly's Baja Racing vehicle is designed to travel through rough terrain.
Several people drive the Cal Poly Racing cars. The Baja car, seen here at Poly Canyon, is an all-wheel drive vehicle capable of safely overcoming rough terrain.
Several members of Cal poly Racing spent the first week of winter break at work, performing a variety fo functions at the aero hangar.
The aero hangar was teeming with activity this week as members of Cal Poly Racing worked on their cars during Build Week. Here Nick Campbell, a member of the Baja race team, works on a lathe.

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