The Baja SAE team of California State University Los
Angeles (CSULA) is a group of mechanical engineering students who are
building an off-road race car for the annual Society of Automotive
Engineers (SAE) Baja Competition. The event consists of over 100 teams
representing domestic and international universities.
Our cars have a tradition of doing exceptionally well at these
competitions. Since the 1980’s, our teams have had great success,
including 1st place in ‘83, ‘96, ‘98 and ‘99, as well as 6th place in
‘95. In 2004, we placed 7th overall in the nation and finished number
one in the state of California. In 2005, the team overcame several major
mechanical issues and still placed 31st out of 132 registered teams.
The purpose of the Baja SAE competition is to simulate real-world
engineering design projects and their related challenges. Each team must
design and build a four wheel, single seat, OHV (Off Highway Vehicle).
The teams are judged based on established parameters of safety, cost,
and innovation. In addition, the team participates in several driving
events to prove the design concept in competition.