SAE International (SAE), formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers, is a professional organization for mobility engineering professionals in the aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicle industries. The Society is a standards development organization for the engineering of powered vehicles of all kinds, including cars, trucks, boats, aircraft, and others. Membership is open to the public for those particularly interested in Human Factors and Ergonomic Standards.
SAE holds 12 Collegiate Design Competitions – events challenge students to design and build functional vehicles in a competitive setting. These Design competitions host more than 4,500 students from 500 universities on every continent. SAE Colligate Design Contests include the following: Formula SAE, Formula Hybrid, SAE Aero Design, SAE Mini Baja, and SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge.
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McGill Baja Racing
Engineering students are asked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain and sometimes even water.
McGill Racing Team
Engineering students develop two small Formula-style race cars, one combustion and one fully electric in the objective to market and sell it to the weekend autocrosser.
McGill Electric Snowmobile
Students re-engineer an existing snowmobile to reduce emissions and noise by using electric energy.
A Baja is an off-road racing vehicle. Take the characteristics of an ATV powered by a 10hp Briggs & Stratton engine, add a frame over it for safety and you essentially have a Baja.
This year, our team will hope to compete in Auburn, Alabama from April 9th – 12th, Baltimore, Maryland from May 7th – 10th, and finally in Portland, Oregon from May 27th – 30th. At these competitions, organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the baja will be required to navigate anything from muddy waters to huge boulders and steep hills.
The competition challenges students to design and fabricate an off road vehicle that can climb a 30° incline and maneuver through a tight course while being cost effective enough to be potentially sold to off road enthutiasts. The events take place over three days, broken down as follows:
On the first day of the competition, the team presents the final product through a sales presentation and demonstrates to the judges that their design approach is the most effective. Then the cars are put through a series of rigorous safety tests.
The short events usually consist of rock crawling, hill climbing, acceleration, land manueverabililty, and the crowd favourite, suspension and traction. This is a very thorough test of the vehicle’s dynamic capabilities.
The Endurance Race is a four hour free-for-all race with a mass start of around 100 Baja SAE racers. This race is a huge spectator event with cars trying to put as many laps as possible in the allotted time. The endurance race track includes sections of the suspension and traction course, a mud hole, several wooded sections and numerous jumps. The course is usually about 5 or 6 kilometers long. Usually, less than 50% of the bajas make it till the end.