From SAE International Website: Baja SAE® consists of competitions that simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Engineering students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain.
The object of the competition is to provide SAE student members with a challenging project that involves the design, planning and manufacturing tasks found when introducing a new product to the consumer industrial market. Teams compete against one another to have their design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. 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.
The Virginia Tech Baja SAE Team designs and builds a single seat off road race car to compete in an annual competition put on by the Society of Automotive Engineers.
The team is a Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Project, counting as credit for the Senior Capstone Design. Opportunities for other majors to receive credit are available.