University of Notre Dame first day on SAE Baja competition

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) as part of their Collegiate Design Series (CDS) has a Baja competition, where students design, build and race a small all terrain vehicle. Students from the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering took on the challenge and during this past year they designed, built and tested a small Baja vehicle. This vehicle runs with a stock 10 hp engine, and a CVT transmission. All components, except the engine, were designed or selected by the students. After the vehicle was assembled, they tested for about 6 hours, where they tuned the suspension and CVT, recorded data, and trained drivers.


Yesterday, the team drove from South Bend, IN to Rochester, NY. The competition is from June 6 to June 10 and is hosted by Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. The summarized schedule of the competition:

  •  Thursday – Registration and engine governor setting
  •  Friday – Technical inspection and engineering design evaluation
  •  Saturday – Dynamic events
  •  Sunday – Endurance race (4 hour race)

If you want to know more about the team you can visit their webpage ( or Facebook page ( You can also show the team your support through Twitter @NDBaja, which will be giving updates during the competition.

Update: the team was able to register and get their engine approved.

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