SAE Baja South Africa

...Published 2013-04-30

The Official SAE Baja South Africa Website

Baja is one of the SAE’s (Society of Automotive Engineers) design competitions. This competition is held in the USA, Brazil, Korea and here at home in South Africa. Baja requires participants to use real-world engineering practices to conquer the challenges associated with designing and building a recreational all-terrain vehicle. This competition also challenges the entrants to not only build a vehicle that will win the competition but also one that is feasible for mass production purposes thereby incorporating both the disciplines of racing & performance design with industrial design.The vehicles required to compete in a Baja event must be able to endure rough terrain consisting of rocks, logs, jumps, drops, mud, and water and whatever other natural obstacles race track has to offer. To level the playing field, each team is supplied a Briggs & Stratton 10 hp engine which must be kept standard. The Baja team must take the engine and build or buy components to construct the rest of the vehicle whilst keeping in mind all the racing rules and design rules posed by the SAE for safe and fair competition. The competitions are broken into three separate categories: static events, dynamic events, and the famous endurance race.

Static Events
Before you even arrive at the race site the competition is well underway. Teams are required to submit a design report and a cost report to the judges. The design report documents all the features of the design, including analysis and engineering drawings. The cost report is used to determine how much the car would cost to mass produce. Once on the race site, there are two more static events. A safety inspection of the car is performed by judges. Compliance with racing regulations is checked and non-compliance results in disqualification if it cannot be fixed. The judges give points based on suspension, steering, braking, ergonomics, manufacturability, etc.

Dynamic Events
After passing the static events, a team may participate in the four dynamic events. Past dynamic events have included a skid pull, acceleration & top speed run and various hill climbs. For each event, teams are scored based on how well they do in comparison to the other teams.

Endurance Race
The endurance race is just what it sounds like, a long and gruelling race over rough terrain. The event lasts for four hours and consist of obstacles that can easily destroy suspensions and send drive trains to the junk yard. Throughout the race, cars will be dragged back to the pits by ATVs for repairs. The teams that did their homework are the teams that shine in the endurance race.

ESTEQ has been involved in the SAE Baja SA Competitions since 2007. The event rules and static judging will be managed by ESTEQ in 2013.

ESTEQ oversees the event rules, design and safety judging of the South African SAE Baja event.

Safety Judging: Judges ensure that the vehicles comply all the required safety regulations before they are allowed to partake in any dynamic event.
Design judging: Combination of design reports, cost reports and vehicle inspections. Marks awarded to the teams for a specific set of criteria that add up their final score.

more on SAE Baja SA 

2012 Baja SAE Rules

Cost report arrangements

2012 Technical Inspection Sheet

2012 Rule Amendments

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