Mini Baja Project

Our team of engineering students is determined to establish an excellent USD Baja team and Torero Racing Program. In order to meet our goals and perform competitively we must raise $30,765.

University of San Diego's Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja program is composed of a team of over a dozen mechanical, electrical and industrial and systems engineering and computer science students who spend two semesters designing, engineering, fabricating, testing and ultimately competing with an off-road vehicle in the annual SAE Collegiate Design Series for their senior design project. As a true interdisciplinary effort, the team also collaborates with students from USD's School of Business to manage finances and facilitate funding for the project.

Competition Overview

SAE Baja consists of three regional competitions that test each team's vehicle design to the breaking point. Throughout the competition, our team will be judged on the creation of design specifications and the ability to meet those specifications, computer aided drafting, analysis, testing and development, manufacturability, serviceability, system integration and how well our vehicle performs dynamically. The 2018 west coast competition will be held in Washougal, Washington from May 30th to June 2nd and will host over 100 universities. The competition consists of both static and dynamic events over a 3 day period.

For more information, check out SAE's official West Coast Competition site.

  • Day 1 — Static Evaluation
  • Day 2 — Dynamic Evaluation
  • Day 3 — Endurance Race

Project Sponsorship

This project will require more than $30,000 to successfully build and integrate the chassis/frame/ergonomics, front/rear suspension System, steering, brakes, drivetrain/powertrain, and electrical systems. We need your help to take our dream from conception to reality! If you have the means, we'd greatly appreciate your donation, large or small. Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated!

Donate to our ChangeFunding page or directly to the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering (Enter your gift amount, select the box marked "Other" and write "Baja competition" in the next box).

Platinum Sponsors - $10,000+

  • Large logo on Baja car
  • Primary logo on all team apparel
  • Link and logo on team website
  • Membership in USD's President's Club*
  • Sponsor mention in all publications
  • Recognition plaque
  • Car available for booking test drive

Gold Sponsors - $2,500 to $9,999

  • Large logo on Baja car
  • Logo on the back of team shirts
  • Link and logo on team website
  • Membership in USD's President's Club*
  • Sponsor mention in all publications
  • Recognition plaque

Silver Sponsors - $1,000 to $2,499

  • Medium logo on Baja car
  • Logo on the back of team shirts
  • Link and logo on team website
  • Membership in USD's President's Club*
  • Sponsor mention in all publications
  • Recognition plaque

Bronze Sponsors - $250 to $999

  • Small logo on Baja car
  • Link and logo on team website
  • Recognition plaque

Supporters - $100 to $249

  • Link and logo on team website
  • Recognition certificate

*USD donors are invited to join the President's Club with an annual giving of $1,500 or greater.


If you are interested in corporate sponsorship, check out the sponsorship options available.

Reach us at toreroracing@gmail.com or email elurkis@sandiego.edu for corporate sponsorship questions.