Baja SAE is an international competition that challenges students to design, build, and race a full-sized, off-road vehicle. The club is completely operated by undergraduate students, and it allows them to apply what they have learned in the classroom to a tangible, complex project. Students of all majors, backgrounds, and experience levels come together and spend massive amounts of their personal time to create a fully operational vehicle. We pride ourselves on being able to design as much of the car as we can in house; that includes the whole chassis, suspension, steering, drivetrain, seat, and brake system. After, that we fabricate and assemble it all ourselves. Students not only learn how to design, but also how to build. Many of our team members learn to how weld and machine. This is an extensive project that requires passion and dedication. Lehigh Baja is a young team but we are very proud of our success. Our club has been operating since 2015 and has attended 4 SAE competitions. We have finished our car every year and always made it to competition. Our team has come away with 5 trophies in the past 4 years and one top 5 finish. This is unheard of for such a new team in competitions that run 100 teams. This year we are attending two competitions in Rochester, NY and Cookeville, TN, and we are very excited to show the world once again what a Lehigh Engineer can do!
Lehigh University Baja SAE
Building a car and traveling to competitions is a very expensive endeavor. We have to purchase raw material, such as steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber, as well as parts and tools. We are constantly trying to improve and innovate, but many times costs become a limiting factor in what we can do. One of our largest expenses is traveling to competitions, between hotels, gas money, and renting a box truck to transport the car, the cost of a competition usually come to $6,000 each.