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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.
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