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The SAE Mini Baja

By Zooid Linda On January - 26 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS

Are you a mechanical engineer? Do cars and speed fascinate you? Have a model of your own? You want to implement it? I am sorry to say you lost fathomable chance to showcase your talent. No need to worry The SAE Mini Baja  competition is an annual event. You can make it the next year. This is “THE” perfect platform for you innovators who is reading this. Survival of the fittest is the sole premise; only the smartest will make it to the end, of the 60

The CBIT Team Credit: Praveen

The CBIT Team Credit: Praveen

applications. This surely will make a show.

The SAE Mini Baja was conducted for the first time in 1976 in university of southern California. Its history has been glorious since then, breaking all the boundaries. This is a national level competition, which is to continue for three days, from 29 to 31st January 2009 at NATRAX, NATRIP, Peethampur, Indore. This three days spectacle drew the attention of various engineers from various parts of the country, three being from AP; includes various static and dynamic events, the main event being the Racing event, and each category has distinct points allotted.Baja SAE is an intercollegiate engineering design competition for undergraduate and graduate engineering students. The object of the competition is to simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Each team is competing to have its design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm.

The students must function as a team to design, build, test, promote and compete with a vehicle within the limits of the rules. They must also generate financial support for their project and manage their educational priorities.” is the objective of the event. The goal of each team is to design and build a prototype of a rugged, single seat, off-road recreational vehicle intended for sale to the non-professional weekend off-road enthusiast. The vehicle must be safe, easily

MJCET Team Credit: Subodh Kumar

MJCET Team Credit: Subodh Kumar

transported, easily maintained and fun to drive. It should be able to negotiate rough terrain in all types of weather without damage.”

Team MJCET, is the only team participating for the second time. It was the only team participating from AP last year and had won a prize too. This year, the team is all set to rumble again. The team is sponsored by the INDU GROUP, as well as the college society for this project, which requires a high amount of intellectual and financial support. “Me being the media manager, had to meet many people, is a very beneficial experience. My team also worked on extended building where in, the teams share points among each other, especially A.P teams. My college was the meeting point” says Subodh Kumar.

“It took us six months to build this vehicle which is much sturdier than that of the model made by our seniors last year. This time, we have put in a single cylinder 340 cc Lombardini petrol engine, which was given to us by the organizers of the event. All of us pitched in right from the design, fabrication and assembling of the vehicle along with help from our teachers and experts from the automobile industry. It was built at a cost of Rs. 1.4 lakh,” said Syed Naser Mohinuddin, a team member. They have improvised the model of their seniors by working on brakes and tiers.

CBIT Credit: Praveen

CBIT Credit: Praveen

“We have installed four disc brakes and the rear tires have a combination of drum and disc brakes for events like endurance testing and climbing. We are looking forward to getting a prize in those categories,” added Subodh Kumar is the group of automobile fanatics from National Institute of Technology; Warangal led by their team captain Sudhanshu Malani. The machine took them around 45 days to biuld with an estimated cost of close to 1.8 lakhs including transportation and registration costs. It contains a 340 cc, 11 HP Lombardini engine and an Alfa Mahindra Transmission.

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