The International Quarter Scale Tractor Student Design Competition took place recently in Peoria, Ill. The four-day event is where agricultural engineer students from across the country show off their skills, designing and building small-scale tractors with real-world power and providing students with real-world experience. The students hook the small tractors up for a pull contest, too. University of Kentucky students pulled out top honors with their tractor. See the tractor that won and the submissions from more Southern agricultural engineering programs.
1. Wildcats win
The University of Kentucky Wildcat team of ag engineers won the 2014 International Quarter Scale Tractor Student Design Competition. The team not only competed well with their written report, but the tractor was a top performer in the pull. Photo by Willie Vogt - Penton/Farm Progress.
2. Pack pull
The Red Terror from North Carolina State University was a solid performer in the 2014 competition with two pulls over 200 feet in the competition. Photo by Willie Vogt - Penton/Farm Progress.
3. Gator grit
The Gator Pull Team had some issues when they arrived at the competition, which kept them from officially competing in the tractor pull, but they conducted four successful demonstration pulls. Photo by Willie Vogt - Penton/Farm Progress.
4. Skyhawk gets down
The University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawk Tractor Team entered the student design competition for the fourth year. Photo by Willie Vogt - Penton/Farm Progress.