Race to the Top!
Cornell University’s Baja Racing Team is an undergraduate engineering project team focused on designing and building an off-road vehicle for the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) Collegiate Design Series competitions. Our team was founded in 2003; since then, we have grown enormously and have had top 10 finishes for the last 8 years. Our ultimate goal is to design, build, and test a single seat off-road vehicle to race at SAE sponsored events. In a highly competitive field with over 100 teams, we must develop an entirely new car each year, with huge improvements over the previous year. This year, we will be taking our best car yet to all three Baja SAE events.
Each competition is a three-day event that is designed to exhaustively test every aspect of our car. On the first day, we compete in the design and cost events, where we present our vehicle’s design to judges and have our car’s overall cost scored. On the second, we participate in short dynamic events designed to wring out specific aspects of our car’s performance. The most punishing of these is the “Suspension and Traction” event, where we race against the clock on a short technical course over 2’ diameter trees and off drops three times that size. The final day of competition revolves around the endurance race, where every team goes wheel-to-wheel for a four hour test of endurance and durability.
Why it Matters
By building the best car in Baja, we hone our engineering skills to a razor edge, and show the world that Cornell has the best and brightest engineers. Being on Cornell Baja Racing is a testament to that fact; if we can win Baja competitions, we can do anything. With the experience our members gained on Cornell Baja, many of our alumni are working on the cutting edge of technology. As we continue to improve our cars, we also improve ourselves so that we will be ready to join them once we graduate.
A donation to our team will help us meet our goals and further our engineering education. We hope that this campaign will afford the next generation of Cornell Baja engineers the invaluable opportunity to learn outside of the classroom. Not only will a donation to our team help us with new member education and our future success but also help tremendously as an investment to our lab space, travel cost, and manufacturing costs. Donated funds will help us enhance the capabilities of our custom-built engine and transmission dynamometer, purchase badly-needed sensors for testing and tuning, and bring in new equipment essential for our extensive manufacturing. These items are some of the missing links in our efforts to develop the most intelligently designed Baja vehicle to date, but with your help, we can achieve our potential.
By donating to Cornell Baja Racing, you’ll be helping us develop the most talented engineers, not only at Cornell, but in the entire engineering industry.
Thank you for your support!
Visit our website to learn more: https://cornellbaja.com