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Melaney Chen 2018-2019 Team Lead

I’m a senior majoring in mechanical engineering and I joined Baja as a freshman, after being amazed at how students built a car themselves that could drive off jumps, through ditches, and race head-to-head with other teams’ cars. I wanted to build something that I could sit in and say, “I was a part of creating this.” Since then, I have learned numerous skills that I bring into my experiences in industry, and have gained countless friends and memories that continue to be the highlight of my Cornell experience. My favorite part of our team is the dedication to learning while maintaining a positive attitude – with every failure, there is a group of dedicated students eager to learn from mistakes, supported by a whole team of members ready to help and ready to enjoy creating an awesome car. We head into the 2018-19 season excited to design and build the best car we can!


2018 M14 VEHICLE SPECIFICATIONS

Suspension

• All-aluminum heat-treated suspension links
• Front: A-Arm double wishbone SLA
• Rear: H-Arm
• Fox Float progressive long travel air shocks
• Completely custom uprights, spindles, brakes, wheel hubs, and steering rack

Drivetrain

• Briggs and Stratton 305cc Vanguard 10 HP Engine
• Fully custom CVT for wider range of ratios without sacrificing weight
• Custom lightweight single speed gearbox with CNC machined hugging casing
• All custom welded halfshafts with custom heat-treated CV joints

Frame

• 4130 chromoly steel space frame
• Tig welded

• Laser-cut tabs
• Structurally analyzed in ANSYS

Materials

• Handlaid custom carbon-kevlar body panels
• Lightweight carbon fiber fixed seat with driver fitted lumbar support
• Composite flooring, skidplates, and guarding

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SUBTEAMS

Drivetrain Liana Margolese

Drivetrain

Suspension Francesco DiMare

Suspension

Frame Wei-Ling Sun

Frame

Brakes Sam Spallone

Brakes

Ergonomics Clara Dewey

Ergonomics

Electronics Brian Richard

Electronics

Business Yubin Kim

Business

2014 SEASON CHAMPIONS
2015 SEASON SECOND PLACE
2016 SEASON THIRD PLACE
2018 SEASON SECOND PLACE