Midnight Mayhem is an event for engineers and planned by engineers so it's only proper that we dedicate an entire page of this website to numbers and data. Over the past nine years, the organizing team has collected various pieces of data about the race and the teams that compete at Mayhem each year. Below is just some fun facts about Mayhem as it's progressed through the years.
Growth of Mayhem
Year over year growth in the size of Midnight Mayhem is proof enough that this event is extremely successful and beneficial to Baja SAE teams across North America. Starting as a small, unknown event in 2008 with 16 cars from 12 universities, Midnight Mayhem has flourished into an event featuring teams from all over the Eastern and Mid-western United States and two Canadian provinces. In 2015, we had so many cars that it became difficult to get everyone through all of the events of the day! This forced the organizing team to implement a 100 car limit to the event in 2016 that will continue forward for future events. Fifty universities is an impressive number for an exhibition race but, Mayhem isn't finished growing; the organizers are actively pursuing ways of getting more and more teams to participate in this great race!
Who's been to the most Midnight Mayhems?
Baja SAE team compositions are constantly changing. You have senior team members graduating and new team members coming in each and every year. This cyclic nature creates interesting challenges for the teams in ensuring that the knowledge of the senior members is successfully transferred to the new members each year. As it applies to Midnight Mayhem, this another testament to the success of this race. The same teams are coming back each year in addition to new teams showing that as the years go on, the veterans of Baja SAE are telling the newcomers that Midnight Mayhem is a race they have to go to. Moving into the ninth year of this race means that the team members who began coming to this race in the 2008-2012 timeframe have long since graduated and a completely new set of team members are still keeping up the tradition of coming to Mayhem. So what teams have attended the most Midnight Mayhems? Have any teams been to all of them? There are in fact 3 teams that have been attending this event since it's small beginnings in 2008. Of course the host school, the University of Louisville, is one of those but, The Ohio State University and Purdue University have also never missed a race!
Who travels the farthest?
At 933 miles away from the site of Midnight Mayhem, Northeastern University travels the farthest distance to attend Midnight Mayhem. They have been in attendance in 2013 and we hope to see them again this year!