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UNL Baja SAE Team 2013-14

UNL's 2012-13 Baja Team includes: (Kneeling, left to right) Steve Jackson, Eric Rice, Trevor Franzen, Andrew Muesch (Middle) Phong Vo, Joe Sheehan,
Corey Kruse,Griffin Hovorka, Zach Blackford (back) Jason Sonderup, Cody Kanger Not Pictured: Logan Pohlman, Jeff Haag

Baja SAE

Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) consists of three regional competitions that simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Engineering students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain.

BajaThe object of the competition is to provide SAE student members with a challenging project that involves the planning and manufacturing tasks found when introducing a new product to the consumer industrial market. Teams compete against one another to have their design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. Students must function as a team to not only design, build, test, promote, and race a vehicle within the limits of the rules, but also to generate financial support for their project and manage their educational priorities.

All vehicles are powered by a 10-horsepower Intek Model 20 Briggs & Stratton engine. Use of the same engine by all the teams creates a more challenging engineering design test. In order to be competitive, it is crucial to design the lightest weight car possible, while maintaining the necessary strength to endure the brutal challenges faced at competition.

WANT TO GET INVOVLED? Contact Eric or Trevor below.

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2013 Competition Video:

2012 Competition Video:

Upcoming Competitions

  • April 24-27, 2014

    University of Texas El Paso
    El Paso, Texas
  • May 22-25, 2014

    Pittsburg State University
    Pittsburg, Kansas
  • June 4-7, 2014

    Caterpillar Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center
    Peoria, Illinois


Eric Rice
Baja SAE Team Co-Captain
(402) 730-9496

Trevor Franzen
Baja SAE Team Co-Captain
(308) 529-3455

Mailing Address:
W342 NH
Lincoln NE 68588-0526


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Mechanical & Materials Engineering
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