Know what it takes to build a fully functional vehicle from scratch within a year? Ask our Baja Buggy team. With just twelve months and a $20,000 budget, the team’s objective is to design a vehicle that could be accepted for manufacturing while trying to simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. In addition, the students work as a team to design, build, test, promote, and compete the vehicle with a given set of rules. As the incoming president of the Baja Racing Team, Christian Derra describes, the best thing about Baja is that “The team gives students opportunities to apply the entire engineering process and fabricate what they have designed.” Each year the team races in 2 to 3 locations ranging from California, to Portland, the Tennessee and more!
Now, imagine trying to race that vehicle you built against 100 other cars in a range that may be muddy, desert like, or filled with hills! The Baja Racing team has competed in all types of terrain, including their most recent trip to a very desert like location, as Derra described it as a “sun sand range,” just this past month. The ten team members, SCE students; Christian Derra, Nic Basore, Christopher Shinn, Meagan Holloway, Brent Norris, Brandon Norris, Jeffrey Earl, Robbie Beers, Nicholas Doolittle, and Alex Eckhoff, just got back from Gorman, California where they placed 26th overall out of 100 teams. The overall scoring was dependent on 3 separate races, the Endurance Race (29th place), the Hill Climb (14th place), and the Acceleration Race (23rd place).
Just upon coming back, the team has already started plans for the upcoming year. The team is always recruiting new members of all types of majors, if you’re interested in joining, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org