The University of Illinois tractor design team took overall honors Sunday at the awards ceremony of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 12th annual Quarter Scale Tractor Design Contest in Peoria, Illinois.
The ASABE contest included 23 teams from the United States and Canada and represents a year's work of planning, fund raising, building, testing and campaigning a Quarter-scale pulling tractor. Engines are provided by Briggs & Stratton and students work within a stringent set of design rules to build a vehicle to pull a variable weight sled at the annual competition. In addition, the contest includes sections on maneuverability, serviceability, craftsmanship, public presentation of the project, noise abatement, user safety, cost limits, manufacturability -- and performance on the track. It was the culmination of high points in all of these areas that gleaned the Illinois team the traveling Detra-Wehner Trophy, $1,000, and the overall champion plaque.
On the track, the Illinois team's six-engine tractor won the first heat of the 1,050 lb. competition with a pull of 234.18 feet.
Second through fifth place winners in the overall competition were:
Kansas State University, Purdue University, Iowa State University, and Texas A&M University.
Sunday afternoon's 1,550-lb. competition saw a four-engine machine fielded by Nicholls State University, Thibidaux, La., dominate the pulling track with a commanding pull in both heats, 243.62 feet and 237.92 feet, respectively. The wins gave Nicholls State the contest's overall Tractor Pull winner trophy.