A project by: Terry McGuckin



from 3 donors

High perfromance, off-road vehicles built from scratch!

The New Jersey Institute of Technology BAJA SAE Team takes on the challenge of designing, and constructing a competition ready vehicle each year. 

Members of the team are provided with the opportunity to develop their respective engineering discipline knowledge through research, development and testing while applying practice and real-time elemental challenges as they progress through the competition timeline.


NJIT BAJA SAE is a collegiate competition team that simulates real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Over 100 college teams are tasked to design, build and compete with their vehicle, which must survive the severe - and ever-changing - conditions of rough off-road terrain and racing.

Over the course of three national competitions, spanning four days each, teams compete against one another to have their design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. Their vehicle must be designed, built, tested and raced. Teams are also tasked with generating financial support and compete in a cost and sales event. This emulates the competitiveness of introducing a new product to the consumer and industrial market. Our members study a wide variety of subjects from mechanical engineering to computer science. The entire team works hard during their free time to design, manufacture and build the car. The team is broken up into six sub-sections: drivetrain, suspension, brakes, electronics, ergonomics and steering.


The team’s goal for this coming season is to refine the vehicle design for the competition cycle from two-wheel to four-wheel drive, allowing the team to compete with a vehicle best suited to take on the elements and rugged terrain associated with the competition courses.

With your support we will be able to realize our goal and provide the team with a competition ready vehicle, and a strong foundation which the team can build upon in the future.

your GIFT at work

Your donation will go towards the development and manufacturing of our four-wheel drive system, along with much needed equipment upgrades. During the summer, and upcoming fall semester, we will be working on the beginning stages of our manufacturing project. This will include casting cases for our differentials, our solid axles and our transfer case. There are also much needed upgrades to be made,which include: welding equipment, power tools, a plasma cutter and storage equipment for our shop.

Transitioning into this year has taken a great deal of work as the transition to four-wheel is extremely labor intensive. Previously we had only built rear-wheel drive vehicles, which essentially means that every subsystem in our car is going to have to change.

Following are essential items required to build the highest-performing vehicle possible. We hope you will consider supporting the team:

  • $1,500 - Ergonomics and safety system
  • $2,540 - Braking system
  • $3,650 - Chassis system
  • $4,535 - Electrical system
  • $5,000 - Suspension system
  • $10,600 - Drivetrain system

The average cost to participate in the national competitions is $8,350, which includes event registration fees, travel, housing, and meals. There are additional equipment transportation expenses, as well as gas and tolls, which are projected to be an additional $1,500. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, we were in the midst of putting finishing touches on the car. Since most of the team members were commuting to campus and we were now moving to fully virtual learning, completing the project became increasingly difficult. As a team we were able to pivot to working together online and are now actively working on transitioning the vehicle to four-wheel drive.

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Help us succeed!

In order to make this project a success we need your help in getting as many people to talk about our project as possible, as this is the best way for us to secure support.

We need your support to achieve our goal and look to continue to make strides so that we can continue to research, innovate and design products that will be sustainable and environmentally friendly.

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Thank you! 

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