Members of the UCLA Racing | Baja SAE team drove non-stop to El Paso, Texas, this month and returned home with several first-place awards and an overall fifth-place finish in a Society of Automotive Engineers’ Collegiate Design Series competition.

Ninety-four collegiate teams from across the country participated in the event, which took place April 25-27 at the University of Texas at El Paso.

In SAE’s Collegiate Design Series, each student-run team must design, manufacture, fund and race a prototype single-seat, off-road Baja race vehicle. Teams are judged on their race car’s design, performance and marketability.

The UCLA team took first place overall in dynamic events, which include acceleration, hill climb, maneuverability and suspension and traction. The UCLA team earned a first-place award for the hill climb.

Teams are also judged in static events including a sales presentation that tests the marketability of the vehicle, a cost report, and a design presentation that highlights the engineering features of the vehicle. UCLA finished first in the sales presentation.

The UCLA Racing Baja race vehicle was built at the UCLA Engineering Creativity Center in Boelter Hall.

The team extends its thanks to the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science as well as to industry sponsors for their generous support.

Team members invite everyone to follow the club as it prepares to race in another SAE competition, from May 22-25 at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.

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