What is Baja SAE?

Baja SAE is a 3-4 day student design competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Teams of students from around the world participate to design, build, and test small off-road mini-Baja vehicles. Simulating real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges, teams are challenged to design and build a prototype for a reliable, maintainable, ergonomic, and economic production vehicle that serves a recreational user market. The students must function as a team to design, engineer, build, test, promote, and compete with a vehicle within the limits of the rules. Vehicles are judged on a series of static and dynamic events.

Static Events:

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Technical Inspection


Design and Sales Presentations 

Design and Cost Reports

Dynamic Events:

Brake Check

Hill Climb

Acceleration Test

Maneuverability Test

4 Hour Endurance Race

Specialty Events

(Rock Crawl, Mud Bog, Suspension)