Baja

What is Baja SAE?

Baja SAE is an intercollegiate design competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Teams of students from universities all over the world design and build small off-road cars. The cars all have engines of the same specifications. The goal in Baja SAE racing is to design, build and race off-road vehicles that can withstand the harshest elements of rough terrain. The vehicles used in Baja racing are often similar in appearance to dune buggies.

Bruin Racing Baja Team 2017-2018

Baja SAE Oregan 2018

Our Directors

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Christian Hurley

Aerospace Engineering '19

Technical Director

My job is to make sure everything fits together and that nothing is over-looked on both the vehicle development and administrative sides of the project.

  • churley@bruinracing.org
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Simon Rufer

Mechanical Engineering '20

ECVT (Electro-mechanically actuated Continuously Variable Transmission)

The ECVT team is developing a custom actuated CVT dictated by a controls scheme to autonomously shift and change its gear ratio in order to maintain our engine at its optimal, highest power-output speed.

  • srufer@bruinracing.org
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Jeremy Engels

Mechanical Engineering '21

Chassis

The chassis subteam designs, assembles, and tests the tubular chassis as well as designing and fabricating body panels and decals for the car

  • remy.engels@bruinracing.org
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Matthew Lee

Mechanical Engineering '21

Powertrain

The powertrain subteam designs, manufactures, and tests the gearbox and the half-shaft assemblies.

  • matthew.lee@bruinracing.org
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Will Argus

Electrical Engineering '19

Electronics and Data Aquisition

Data Aquisition’s purpose is to design and implement sensors and other electronics both on and off the baja car for the purpose of collecting data to be used in designing future cars, as well as tuning the current car.

  • wargus@uclaracing.org
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Kevin Shen

Mechanical Engineering '20

Vehicle Dynamics and Controls

Work with suspension, braking, steering, and ergonomics. Made the floating rotors, steering rack, etc.

  • kevin.shen@bruinracing.org
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Nathan Beak

Mechanical Engineering '20
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Keerthi Pradaa Balajee

Electrical Engineering '20

Business.

In charge of budgeting, corporate partnerships and acquiring sponsorships, applying for funding, etc.

  • nathan.beak@bruinracing.org
  • keerthipradaa@bruinracing.org

Past Vehicles