SAE Collegiate Design Series
UC Irvine’s Baja SAE Race team was founded in the Fall of 2014 and participates in the annual SAE International Baja Series competition.
Overall Team Goals
- Place 15th in the Oregon 2018 competition
- Improve and refine technology that goes into the vehicle
- Establish a strong team foundation
- Decrease overall car weight from 430lbs to 400lbs
- Increase top speed from 30 mph to 32 mph
- Test all components prior to competition
The Baja SAE competition requires all teams to use the same engine, a Briggs-Stratton lawnmower engine with no modifications allowed. This ensures that teams maximize design performance in the vehicle itself rather than relying on sheer power.
This year, Team Marauder focused on innovating the gearbox, trailing arms, and chassis. The design for the trailing arms merged plates and tubing; this allowed for a lighter, smaller, and sleeker trailing arm. The chassis was redesigned to be lighter and noseless.
All innovations in our designs were analyzed via Finite Element Analysis and will be rigorously tested once manufacturing and assembly produces a running car.
The goal of UC Irvine Baja SAE Race Team is to gain practical engineering experience by designing, building, and testing a BAJA SAE vehicle to place among the top 10 teams in the 2017-2018 BAJA SAE competition. The car is designed to be competitive and therefore it has to be reliable, maneuverable, and fast. The yearly competition hosts 100 teams from all over the world. Teams are judged in both static and dynamic events, and the placement among the competing teams is based on the points earned in these events.
The project requires a team of engineers to work together across all subsystems to form a competitive vehicle. It challenges all members to apply their knowledge learned in engineering courses to the decisions they make while designing the vehicle. Additionally, the members fabricate the vehicle, primarily in-house. Ideas are thus brought to reality, from the drawing board to an actual car that competes against 100 other cars. This teaches student engineers the limiting factors of the real world and gives them practical experience.
BAJA SAE Racecar Week 2April 15, 2018
BAJA SAE Racecar Week 1April 8, 2018
BAJA SAE Racecar Week 9March 11, 2018
BAJA SAE Racecar Week 8March 4, 2018
Name: Andres Olmedo
Name: Lewis Liao
Name: Elaine Soriano
Name: Yihan Wang
Initial Project Information
Field of Interest
Design Engineering, vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics, engine and power transmission, intake-exhaust, combustion, motor control, battery and power systems.
As part of the UC Irvine Racecar Engineering team, students design, build, test, and compete in various race car competitions such as FSAE West, Baja SAE, FSAE Electric, and UCI Energy Invitational.
Maximum Number of Students
25 per team
You must be able to attend Tuesday/Thursday classes. You must have fabrication/safety training to work in the lab.
Do not join this group just because you like cars and/or you want to drive a race car. You need to be ready to participate in all phases of the engineering design process.
E-mail project manager: Vazgen Vic Frnzyan