Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) is just one of several collegiate design competitions. Baja SAE consists of three regional 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.
May 22-25 at Pittsburg State University. Spectators are welcome FREE of charge!
Static Events: May 22-23, Kansas Technology Center 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dynamic Events: May 24-25, Dynamic Event Site East of Campus
Parking for Sat and Sun is at the Kansas Technology Center, bus transportation provided to the competition site. Look for bus stops located in the KTC parking lots.
One hundred teams comprised of more than 1,100 students are registered to attend. Teams from across the U.S. and from Egypt, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Argentina, Venezuela, Bangladesh and India are expected.
This is the second time PSU has hosted Baja SAE - Kansas, the first being in 2011.
The objective 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 compete with their vehicle. All of these tasks are done within the limits of the Baja SAE rules.
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.
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.
Day one includes technical inspections, design judging, brake testing, and sales presentations to the fictitious potential manufacturers and/or customers.
Day two of the competition includes dynamic testing of each vehicle. The vehicles are challenged by a suspension course, a maneuverability course, a sled pull, and a speed and acceleration test. All events held on day two are timed with vehicles being tested one at a time on each course.
Day three is the culminating event in which the student teams compete in a four-hour endurance competition. This event is held over a one and one half mile course that is intended to test the capabilities of each of the off-road vehicles. Each team receives points for each lap completed in the four hour time frame. The overall winner of the entire Baja SAE event is the team that performs well in all aspects of the competition.
Saturday’s Events: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Sunday Endurance Event 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Baja SAE® - Kansas concludes on May 25 with the rigorous Honda Endurance Event, which will be held on a course designed and built by PSU east of the Bicknell Sports Complex. Access will be off of East Centennial.
For printable fliers and schedules, or to sponsor the event, visit the Baja website.