Baja Off-Road Vehicle Race is Around the Corner


Baja Off-Road Vehicle Race is Around the Corner


Baja Off-Road Vehicle Race is Around the Corner

What: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja competition

When: Competitions take place Friday, April 25 to Sunday, April 27

Where: UTEP Student Recreation Center off of Sun Bowl Drive

The public is invited to watch as about 1,500 participants with 100 collegiate teams from around the world converge at The University of Texas at El Paso to participate in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja competition.

Joining the two UTEP teams will be student teams from UCLA, NMSU, West Point, Mexico, India, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa, among others.

The competition challenges student teams to design, plan and manufacture an off-road vehicle. The objectives include constructing a safe off-road vehicle that can maneuver a variety of obstacles in a rugged environment.

The last time UTEP hosted the competition was in 1998.

Friday public events include engine, technical and brake inspections from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the R-2 parking lot off of Sun Bowl Drive across from the Don Haskins Center.

Saturday public events include suspension and traction, acceleration, and hill climb challenges from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UTEP Student Recreation Center.

Sunday public events include an endurance race for those vehicles that made it to this final challenge. The race begins at 9 a.m. behind the UTEP Student Recreation Center with a designated viewing area available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Public parking will be available Saturday and Sunday in the Las Palmas parking lot off of Mesa Street.

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