This project is to begin the process of planning and design for an MSU entry into the 2014 BAJA SAE event.
Baja SAE is an intercollegiate design competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Teams of students from universities all over the world design and build small off-road cars. The cars all have engines of the same specifications. As of 2009 the engine has been an unmodified Briggs & Stratton Intek 20 single-cylinder with a displacement of 300cc and power output of approximately 10 bhp (7.5 kW).
The goal in Baja SAE racing is to design, build and race off-road vehicles that can withstand the harshest elements of rough terrain. The vehicles used in Baja SAE racing are often similar in appearance to dune buggies. Before 2007, the events were called "Mini Baja."
Each year as many as 141 Baja cars are entered in the Baja SAE events across the US and around the world. All cars must adhere to SAE's rules, and pass SAE's technical inspection and judging; a car may not race until all safety inspections are passed. Small engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton sponsors Baja SAE teams by providing the SAE sanctioned engine free of charge, at a replacement rate of one engine for every two years in competition.
There are multiple dynamic events, usually four per competition, and an endurance race. The dynamic events include hill climbs, chain pulls, maneuverability events, rock crawls, and suspension & traction events - depending on the rules that year. Static events, such as written reports, presentations and design evaluations are provided by participating teams. Teams are judged on ergonomics, functionality, and producibility of their cars, ensuring that the final placement of the team does not rest solely on the vehicle's performance but rather on a combination of static and dynamic events.
Sponsor: MSU Bobcat Motorsports club and the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering