Anteater Baja Racing
Donate to help Anteater Baja Racing’s engineers build their 2020 Baja SAE race car!
We are aiming to raise $20,000 to buy parts, tools and materials to build our newly-designed vehicle, codenamed “Vandal,” which will help bring us our best-ever result in our international collegiate competition.
Anteater Baja Racing is building an off-road race car inspired by Baja and SCORE racing to compete at Baja SAE Arizona in April 2020. 25 engineering students participate in the design, manufacturing and testing phases to gain the engineering skills needed for industry in a highly-technical, fast-paced and competitive environment. The team collectively spends over 10,000 man-hours each year developing the car and its subsystems alongside engineering coursework.
Engineering students earn jobs in several industries, including automotive, aerospace, electrical, software and more, because of the hands-on training, communication and management skills, and design-to-reality experience that is gained directly from competing in Baja SAE. It is considered by industry experts to be an essential part of any new engineer’s resume.
Chassis: Designs the single, rigid structure that mounts all other subsystems using computer-aided design software. This subteam balances the requirements of every system in a condensed, weight-minimizing package that protects the driver.
Suspension: Connects the chassis to the road using shocks, dampers, control arms and more. The suspension subteam constantly tunes to create the handling characteristics that help the driver achieve faster run times and handle the intense loads from rough terrain and obstacles.
Powertrain: Uses a spec Briggs & Stratton engine (mandated by Baja SAE) and adapts the drivetrain of the car by designing and manufacturing a gearbox, transmission, and overall powertrain packaging. This subteam designs the torque ratio which determines the acceleration and handling of the car. This subsystem also includes designing and choosing the desired axles, and tires.
Human Interface: Makes sure that all drivers are comfortable and safe in the car, allowing them to get the most out of the performance of the vehicle.
Brakes: Stops the car as quickly as possible. This subteam includes the reservoirs, master cylinders, calipers, and rotors, which are designed using computer-aided engineering software.
About Anteater Baja Racing’s Annual International Competition:
Baja SAE Arizona 2020 is a SAE Collegiate Design Series event that will feature student teams representing 100 universities across the world. Baja SAE competitions are overseen by a dedicated group of industry professionals and involve technical and safety inspections to ensure rules compliance for each system, presentations for teams to discuss their designs with industry professionals, and dynamic events in which students race their cars for direct comparison in several performance categories: Acceleration, Maneuverability, Hill Climb, Suspension, and Endurance. Each presentation and event scores points for the overall competition. Anteater Racing’s best overall finish in a Baja SAE competition is 20th at Baja SAE California.