Renegade Racing 2018-2019
So, what is SAE Baja? SAE stands for the “Society of Automotive Engineers” and as an organization, they strive to connect and educate engineers while advancing the transportation industry. They host numerous collegiate design series every year with the goal to push students beyond just textbook theory. The name “Baja” comes from the famous “Baja 1000”, an 800-mile off-road race that takes place in Mexico’s Baja peninsula. This race goes across high dunes, rocky paths, and land that would be impossible for most vehicles to navigate.
Our objective in this competition is to engineer and build a small, fully-functioning, one-passenger, baja-style car that is able to take on rough terrain and meet many specifications put forth for the competition. The job of the team is not only to build this car, but to engineer, document, and manufacture it in the most cost-effective way possible.
The team will be traveling to Gorman, California in the middle of May 2019 to compete with the completed vehicle against 99 other top engineering schools. The events will judge the car’s engineered quality and cost-effectiveness, along with its build-quality in a series of high-stakes events such as an endurance event and a maneuverability test.
LeTourneau University has a history of success in Baja SAE, with several Top-20 finishes since our origin in 1992. Last year was very heartbreaking for the team as we were unable to take our car to competition. However, we are able to use the car from last year and test/modify it to create an overall stronger and more competitive car. We will use valuable information gained by last year’s team to hit the ground running and optimistically take a Top-5 finish in this year’s event.
In order to take on this enormous project, the team is hoping to raise over $20,000. The combination of modifying the car, sending the whole team to competition, and maintaining funds to kick-start next year's team provides a steep price tag. However, we know that the generosity of our alumni, family, friends, and sponsors will help us achieve a Top-5 finish!