We are Union College Baja SAE!


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What is Baja SAE?

Baja SAE provides students with a challenging project that involves the designing, planning, and manufacturing of an all terrain automotive vehicle. Teams from colleges all over the world compete against one another in a series of tasks that push their creations to the limit. Students must function as a team to not only design, build, test, promote, and compete with their vehicle, but then do so with a series of constraints in place.


All vehicles are powered by a ten-horsepower Intek Model 20 engine donated by Briggs & Stratton Corporation. For over twenty years, the generosity of Briggs & Stratton has enabled SAE to provide each team with a dependable engine free of charge. The use of the same engine, without modification, by all teams creates a more challenging design test.

The very first Baja SAE event was held in 1976 at the University of South Carolina. It was patterned off of the famed Baja 1000 off-road desert race. Each Baja SAE event consists of a four-day engineering design competition where the students put their vehicle to test against other student teams from all over the world.

About Baja SAE® Series

Baja SAE® consists of competitions that simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Engineering students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain.

The object of the competition is to provide SAE student members with a challenging project that involves the design, planning and manufacturing tasks found when introducing a new product to the consumer industrial market. Teams compete against one another to have their design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. Students must function as a team to not only design, build, test, promote, and race a vehicle within the limits of the rules, but also to generate financial support for their project and manage their educational priorities.


For More Information on SAE

SAE Membership Information

SAE Collegiate Design Series

SAE Metropolitan Section

SAE Syracuse Section