Months of effort from engineering students around the world will culminate in screeching tires, mud and mechanics during the Baja SAE Collegiate Design Competition April 18-21 at Tennessee Tech University.
One hundred teams from across the United States and others from India, Mexico, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates, to name a few, will descend on TTU’s Shipley farm and the Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion to see where their designs stand against the competition.
“Each Baja team designs its vehicle every year from top to bottom and this competition gives them the chance to see how they did against some of the best teams in the world,” said Dale Wilson, TTU mechanical engineering professor and this year’s main event organizer. “It’s a great learning experience for engineering students, and a lot of fun for the community to watch. People can really get into it.”
After teams arrive Thursday, the weekend’s events will include design presentations and a technical inspection Friday. On Saturday, teams will cycle through events testing vehicle acceleration, maneuverability, suspension and traction, and test their ability to pull a sled. All 100 vehicles will race around and through the farm Sunday in the culminating 4-hour endurance event Sunday morning.
All events are free and open to the public. Spectators should be aware that tobacco, pets and alcohol are not permitted on the property. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.bajasaetennesseetech.com.