CDS Events History

History of Baja

North American Competitions

Baja SAE® - (Formerly Mini Baja East)

First Competition - 1976
Organizing Institutions - SAE and the annual host institution

1976 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 10
Number of participating students: 90
Site: University of South Carolina, Jackson, SC
2013 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 100
Number of teams onsite: 85
Number of students onsite: 989
Site: Tennessee Tech University (Cookeville, TN)

Notes: The inaugural Mini Baja event was held in 1976 and hosted by the University of South Carolina. This was the first competition in what would become SAE's Collegiate Design Series.

Baja SAE® - (Formerly Midwest)

First Competition - 1978
Organizing Institutions - SAE and the annual host institution

1978 Competition Data Number of registered teams: Not available
Number of participating students: Not available
Site: Milwaukee, WI
2013 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 100
Number of teams onsite: 89
Number of students onsite: 1002
Site: Rochester Institute of Technology, Hogback Hill Track (Rochester, NY)

Baja SAE® - (Formerly West)

First Competition - 1978
Organizing Institutions - SAE and the annual host institution

1978 Competition Data Number of registered teams: Not available
Number of participating students: Not available
Site: Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
2013 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 87
Number of teams onsite: 71
Number of students onsite: 662
Site: Western Washington University/ Hannegan Speedway (Bellingham, WA)

Notes: (1) In 1978 Mini Baja was divided into three competitions: Mini Baja East, Midwest Mini Baja and Mini Baja West. (2) The name of the series was changed to Baja SAE effective with the 2006 competitions. The three competitions are differentiated by adding the name of the host institution, city or state.

Competitions outside North America

Baja SAE Brazil

First Competition - 1995
National Organizing Institution - SAE Brazil

1995 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 8
Number of participating students: 50
Site:
2009 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 55
Number of participating students: 630
Site: Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil

Baja SAE Korea

First Competition - 1996
National Organizing Institution - Yeungnam University

1996 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 46
Number of participating students: 280
Site: Yeungnam University
2007 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 84
Number of participating students: 500
Site: Yeungnam University

Baja SAE South Africa

First Competition - 1996
National Organizing Institution - University of Pretoria

1996 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 4
Number of participating students: 12
Site: University of Pretoria, Pretoria
2008 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 28
Number of participating students: 200
Site: Gerotek Test Facilities, Pretoria, South Africa

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