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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The competition that teams do have the rankings published on the SAE website. McGill always places nicely, thanks to the dedicated efforts of all team members!
The official SAE website and results: http://www.bajasae.net/res/ResultsLanding.aspx
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 auto-crosser.
http://fsae.mcgill.ca/ and http://www.mcgillev.com/
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.
Each year, the team competes in numerous different cities, with smaller competitions in Canada and the main events being held in the States. The full calendar of the upcoming events can be found on the official Baja/SAE website. 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 marketed to off-road enthusiasts. 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 maneuverability, and the crowd favorite, 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.