The Baja Racing Team functions like a professional engineering group, completing designs, ordering parts from vendors, working within a budget and building machinery to meet strict safety standards. The goal of the project is to replicate introducing a new product to the consumer industrial market. Students are judged on time management, teamwork, ethics and budgeting.
Throughout the six-month project, students spend an average of 20 hours a week designing, constructing and testing the vehicle, culminating in the Baja Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Competitions. The competitions include static events (written reports and oral presentations regarding engineering design and project costs) and dynamic events (racing factors, such as acceleration, towing, traction, maneuverability and endurance).