About SAE BAJA series:

The BAJA SAE Series® is an event for the undergraduate engineering students, organized globally by the Society of Automotive Engineers, USA. The event originated in the name of Mini - BAJA, in the year 1976 at University of Carolina. Since then, the event has spanned across six countries – USA, Mexico, South Africa, Korea, Brazil and India. The BAJA SAE tasks the students to design, fabricate and validate a single seater four - wheeled off road vehicle to take part in series of events spread over a course of 3 days that test the vehicle for the sound engineering practices that have gone into it, the agility of the vehicle in terms of gradability, speed, acceleration and manoeuvrability characteristics and finally its ability to endure that back breaking durability test. Students must function as a team to not only design, build, test, promote, and race a vehicle within the limits of the rules, but also to generate financial support for their project and manage their educational priorities.
All vehicles are powered by a ten-horsepower Intek Model 20 engine donated by Briggs & Stratton Corporation. For over twenty-five years, the generosity of Briggs & Stratton has enabled SAE to provide each team with a dependable engine free of charge. Use of the same engine by all the teams creates a more challenging engineering design test.

Team - The Roadrunners - the official team for SAE BAJA event from Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai

I was a core group (early stage) member of this team. We participated in SAE BAJA India 2013 held at NATRIP, Pithampur and got an overall rank of 65 among 120 teams.
It was the first time I was involved in a real time engineering project. I was in the Powertrain department and my responsibilities included 
  • Choosing the transmission system (the only team among first timers to opt for a Continuously Variable Transmission)
  • Planning the process parameters for carrying out Metal Inert Gas Welding
  • Mentoring new team members
The RoadRunners Logo
I regard my involvement in this team to be one of the most memorable moments during my undergraduate years. As sophormores, we had come together to build this team and it was a great learning experience because we were able to apply the mechanical design principles learnt in class and also take on multiple responsibilities from vendor engagement to fundraising. Being a first time team, it was always a race against time with limited financial resources available at our disposal.


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