By Sidney Wilhite | Reporter
lower Baylor, an engineering team that designs and drives off-road cars to compete Low SAE (Baja Society of Automotive Engineers) competitions, alerted students of his return on Friday during Late at night.
The car that was on display was built in 2018 and used in 2019 competition. After 2019, Baja SAE suspended competitions due to COVID-19.
Highland Villageophomore and president of Baylor Baja, Benjamin Sunderman, said The competitions were difficult to hold due to the pandemic.
“The competition has been closed for the last two years,” Sunderman said. “It was online – how do you race a car online? It really doesn’t work.
Despite the challenge of not having many members for two years, Baylor Baja has plansning a return to competition, with the first race will take place in 2023. To plan this competitive comeback, engineers will build a new racing car throughout the academic school yearas they have in previous years.
saline, Mich. junior Sarah Franko does public relations for Baylor Baja. She said that she was optimistic about Baylor Baja’s prospects for next year.
“Their growing. We have a lot of young engineers involved.” Frank said. “MEnot kept well since COVID happened, which is really disappointing because the Baja club is one of the main engineering clubs, and we need it”.
Engineers design cars to be robust and to travel off-road.
“MEfeels fastt, but it’s less than 20 miles per hour, It’s off–road stuff,” Sunderman said. “You’re running a lot of terrain…he’s very versatile, that’s the goal.”
When asked who gets to drive the cars, Sunderman said: “The car is made to fit an average-sized human, so it’s big enough for any of us to fit in there… [The] competition is all about speed.” Sundermann also said that Baylor Baja has separate tests for potential drivers.
Building the cars and racing them creates a community, and Baylor Baja can be a place for engineering students to network and grow.eitherw their communities. Races are usually held outside of Texas, so students travel to each competition where several large companies also attend.
“If you come to Baja, talk to some of these companies,” Sunderman said. “That could be an automatic internship.”
during late During the night, students constantly passed through the area of the Baylor Science Building and commenting on the organization.
“I was walking by, and I saw a 10-horsepower buggy there,” said Griffin O’Neill, a freshman from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “Their really amazing. I’m not big engineering boy, but I love watching car races, and it looks like they built it really well.”