Our Baja SAE team is known as a perennial powerhouse at competitions, finishing among the top twenty teams for the past four years. One of proudest moments came in April 2017, when we took 4th place at Baja SAE California. We continue to focus on building a robust, reliable vehicle, making calculated improvements to what has been an exceptionally successful platform in recent years.

Baja looks forward to competitions each year, as it is the ultimate test of our vehicle’s performance. Each competition begins with three static events (design presentation, sales presentation, and cost report), four dynamic events (acceleration, hill climb, suspension & traction or rock crawl, and maneuverability), and a four-hour endurance race. Our team attempts to compete in at least two competitions per year. In doing so, we receive valuable feedback which we use to adjust our designs and make improvements for the following year. This season, our team placed 18th at Baja SAE Maryland in April and placed 5th at Baja SAE Oregon last May.

I really love how our team dynamic is like a family. We are able to work effectively with each other to get the job done, but we also take time to relax and spend time with each other outside of the work setting.
— ROBYN RIBET, Baja Team Manager
 

Weekly Meetings

Tuesday 11:10 am-12 pm in 192-104 

Subsystems

  • Quality Control

  • Manufacturing

  • Chassis

  • Suspension Structures

  • Powertrain

  • Steering

  • Brakes

  • Ergonomics

  • Composites

  • Suspension kinematics

  • Suspension shocks

  • CVT

  • Electrons (vehicle data acquisition)

Competition Results

BAJA SAE OREGON 2018
5th place| Overall

BAJA SAE MARYLAND 2018
18th place| Overall

BAJA SAE CALIFORNIA 2017
4th place| Overall

BAJA SAE OREGON 2015
5th place | Overall

BAJA SAE TEXAS LINCOLN 2014
9th place | Overall

BAJA SAE WASHINGTON 2013
12th place | Overall


 
 

THE VEHICLE

This rear wheel drive vehicle has a turning radius of  just under 6 feet, a top speed of over 40 miles per hour, and is capable of safely and reliably overcoming tough terrain. It features a unique five link suspension, Elka Stage 5 coilover shocks, a 10HP OHV Intek Model 19 engine - generously provided to all teams by Briggs and Stratton - a fine-tuned continuously variable transmission, high impact custom composite body panels and skid plates, and a custom built high efficiency gearbox.

I’d say my favorite part of the car is the chassis because I like how it integrates all other subsystems back into the vehicle.
— JUNIOR GONZALEZ, Baja Team Lead

Everyone this year had a great time working on [the chassis], and once we got it done I let everyone write their names on it and climb on it which is pretty satisfying. ALSO chassis squad consistently had the best music during build week! I want to add that this year’s chassis team was awesome to work with and I love them all!
— JESSALYN BERNICK, Baja Chassis Lead
Baja has shaped my undergraduate studies here at Cal Poly. Not only does it provide me with great experience in all aspects of engineering, but it gives me the opportunity to work with brilliant students who have become my friends. My fellow teammates motivate me to push my limits and become a better engineer.
— SAMMY TRAN, Baja Gearbox Lead