Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Official Baja Overview

Baja SAE Program Objective

Baja SAE serves as an intercollegiate design competition for undergraduate and graduate engineering students. 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.

Baja SAE Design Subject

Each team's goal is to design and build a single-seat, all-terrain, sporting vehicle whose structure contains the driver. The vehicle is to be a prototype for a reliable, maintainable, ergonomic, and economic production vehicle which serves a recreational user market, sized at approximately 4000 units per year. The vehicle should aspire to market-leading performance in terms of speed, handling, ride, and ruggedness over rough terrain and off-road conditions. Performance will be measured by success in the dynamic events which are described in the Baja SAE Rules, and are subject to event-site weather and course conditions.


Cost Figures have been estimated by inspecting UCSB and other college's previous budgets. We also researched item costs and tapped into the technical knowledge of the team as a whole. 

Annual Budget to Build & Race Vehicle 

SAE Registration Fee                                           $1,050
Materials                                                            $4,000
Team Gear                                                            $300
Testing Expenses                                                $1,500
Travel and Lodging                                             $3,000
Total                                                                 $9,850

Budget to Establish a Baja Program

Truck and Trailer                                             $20,000
Pit Equipment                                                   $4,500
Hand/Power Tools                                             $4,000
Welding Equipment                                           $5,000
Future Baja Seed Money                                  $10,000
Unforseen Costs                                                $1,050
Total                                                              $44,550

For More information about UCSB Racing please contact
Jonas Lill (408) 203-6904 
Brandon Grunberg - (818) 427-2187

Donor Recognition Levels

Donors provide financial support and may include parts and/or material.

Donations Up to $250
-Recognition on UCSB Racing Website

Bronze Donor - $250 and above
-Previous level of recognition, plus
 -Name/Company logo on competition banner
-Name/Company logo on vehicle (small)

Silver Donor - $500 and Above
-Previous level of recognition, plus 
-Name/company logo on team uniform 
-Name/company logo on vehicle (medium) 
-Name/company logo prominently displayed on website

Gold Donor - $1000 and above
-Previous level of recognition, plus 
-Name/company logo on vehicle (large) 
-Name/company logo prominently displayed on website with write-up

Donation Contact
Please make checks payable to UC Santa Barbara Foundation 
with "UCSB Baja Club Donation" in the memo. Be sure to also include a separate 
note indicating the donation is going to the UCSB Baja Team. 
Send your information, and logo if applicable, to ucsbbaja@gmail.com 

Mailing Address: 
UCSB Department of Mechanical Engineering
Building II, Room 2355
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, Ca 93106-5070

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