Torq’N Tigers finish second at ASABE Quarter Scale Tractor Competition

June 09, 2022

TorqN Tigers group photo

The University of Missouri Torq’N Tigers team recently earned second place honors during the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition. To go along with the second-place finish, the team also took top honors in the Overall Performance Event.

This was the 25th anniversary of the event, which took place June 2-6 in Peoria, Ill. Students are challenged to harness the power and torque of a specified stock engine during the competition, in order to maximize performance during a series of challenges. According to the ASABE website, “Teams of students are given a 31-hp Briggs & Stratton engine and a set of Titan tires. The design of their tractor is up to them. A panel of industry experts then judge each design for innovation, manufacturability, serviceability, safety, sound level, and ergonomics. Teams also submit a written design report in advance of the competition, and on-site, they must sell their design, in a formal presentation to industry experts playing the role of a corporate management team. Finally, machines are put to the test in three performance events – three tractor pulls, a maneuverability course, and a durability course.”

The MU Torq’N Tigers team competes in the ASABE International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition each year. The team provides its members the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge and gain hands-on experience, as well as develop professional skills and network.

Members of the Torq’N Tigers team include:

  • Will Adkins, junior, agricultural systems technology
  • Kyle Andrews, senior, agricultural systems technology
  • Trace Chambers, senior, agricultural systems technology
  • Garrett Clark, senior, plant sciences
  • Jonathan Ebbesmeyer, sophomore, mechanical engineering
  • Logan Finke, junior, agricultural systems technology
  • James Fischer, senior, agricultural systems technology
  • Laine Friedrich, senior, mechanical engineering
  • Ethan Gutz, junior, agricultural systems technology
  • Will Hanson, junior, agricultural systems technology
  • Josh Hellebusch, senior, mechanical engineering
  • Evan Hunter, senior, mechanical engineering
  • Tom Kabrick, senior, mechanical engineering
  • Robbie Magruder, senior, agricultural systems technology
  • Elijah Poehlman, senior, plant sciences
  • Andrew Slater, senior, mechanical engineering

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This story first appeared on the College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources site.