University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 2012 Mini Baja Design Project
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) sponsors an intercollegiate Mini Baja Series competition. Teams consisting of engineering students from universities around the world are tasked with designing, building and testing a vehicle to compete in one of six regional competitions and since 2006, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) has competed among them. Baja SAE is an intercollegiate design competition in which teams must design and build an off-road recreational vehicle for a fictitious firm.
This year, UTC’s Baja team has elected to compete in all three North American competitions: Auburn, AL; Portland, OR; and Madison, WI. As part of this competition each team is required to submit, for review by the SAE judging body, a technical report documenting the design of their vehicle. Teams are also required to compete in several off-roading including but not limited to hill climb, acceleration, sled pull, mud bog, suspensions and traction, maneuverability, rock crawl and a 4 hour endurance race.
The 2012 Mini Baja team is designing and building a new Mini Baja vehicle to fulfill the ENGR 3850/4850 course sequence. The team must design and build a new vehicle that is capable of completing and ultimately winning a Baja SAE competition. The team is comprised of 13 members and aided by several non-senior club members.
Check back soon for the team's progression.