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2014 Baja SAE Kansas - Dynamic Events (full program)

2014 Baja SAE Kansas - Endurance Race (full program)

2014 Baja SAE Kansas - Closing Ceremony

2014 Baja SAE Kansas

2014 Baja SAE Kansas

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.

International Engineering Design Competition

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.

Baja Endurance Event


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.

4-Day Event

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

Honda Endurance Event

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.


A large number of national and local supporters make the Baja SAE® events possible. Major supporters include:


  • Other Sponsors: Gorilla Express; Ken Gordon; Smith's Cycles; Clint McKinnis; Pittsburg Downtown Area; Kansas Department of Transportation; Hutto Farms; Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program; Vilela Auto Body Repair and Painting

Quick Facts

  • Number of Schools Participating - 100 Entries from Engineering Schools from all across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and other countries.
  •  Number of Students in Attendance – Approximately 1,500 students as well as advisors, faculty representatives and spectators
  • Over 100 Volunteers from the University, student body, Industry, Alumni and the Community.

Many opportunities to support Baja SAE® - Kansas remain. For more information, contact Trent Lindbloom, 620-235-4198 or use the contact form.

Additional Information

Facility Information & Policies

About Pittsburg State University

Founded in 1903, Pittsburg State University is one of six state universities under the umbrella of the Kansas Board of Regents. PSU is a comprehensive regional university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 100 academic programs.

PSU is located in Pittsburg, Kan., a community of more than 20,000 in the southeastern corner of the state. PSU is within two hours of Tulsa, Okla.; Kansas City; Springfield, Mo.; and Fayetteville, Ark.

With an enrollment of more than 7,400 students, PSU’s park-like campus includes both historic and new, state-of-the-art buildings. Now under construction, PSU’s $33 million Center for the Arts is slated to open in 2014.

For more information about Pittsburg State University, www.pittstate.edu


About The Kansas Technology Center

Completed in 1997, PSU’s Kansas Technology Center is home to nationally recognized programs in Automotive Technology, Engineering Technology, Graphics and Imaging Technologies, Technology and Workforce Learning and the School of Construction.

The building, with a gross floor of 278,000 square feet, is a modern and flexible learning environment with 13 computer labs, approximately 260 computer workstations and about 70 technical laboratories.

For more information about the Kansas Technology Center and the PSU College of Technology, visit www.pittstate.edu/college/technology.


About The City of Pittsburg, Kansas

Founded in 1876, the City of Pittsburg has a rich history that includes mining, manufacturing and a proud immigrant heritage. Today, Pittsburg is a leader in manufacturing, with 41 manufacturing companies making everything from plastic bags to sportswear.

The community has been recognized nationally for the support it provides for Pittsburg State University and its students and for the way in which the university and the community work together for the betterment of both.

For more information about Pittsburg, Kansas, including information about lodging and restaurants, contact the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, 620-231-1212 or visit their website at www.visitcrawfordcounty.com.

Connect with Pitt State

Purchase Banquet Tickets & T-Shirts

Purchase Banquet Tickets & T-Shirts

Purchase Banquet Tickets & T-Shirts


Attention Teams: Banquet tickets & T-shirts

Hertz Rent-a-Car Discount (CDP# 2038194)

Team action request - Important message to Baja SAE Kansas Faculty Advisors, Team Captains and Teams (pdf)

Jan. 27 - Pittsburg hotels are filling up. Make your hotel reservation today!

Information for Supporters

Supporter Recognition Grid (pdf)

Information for Community & Media

Registered Teams