Baja action descends at IIT Ropar

Sanjay Jadhav
Sunday, 11 March 2018

Mechanical Engineering students from across India gather for this one of a kind off-roading contest

Ropar, Punjab: After a successfull Leg-1 at the Natrix Facility in Pithampur, near Indore it’s now time for Leg-2 of the 11th Mahindra BAJA SAEINDIA series as all the action and focus has now shifted to IIT Ropar in Punjab where the event got underway earlier this week.

BAJA SAEINDIA is an international student level competition where engineering students from the length and breadth of the country participate as a team, giving them exposure to real world challenges as faced in the industry.

Each team’s goal is to design and build a prototype of a rugged single seat, off-road recreational four-wheel vehicle intended for sale to the non-professional, weekend off-road enthusiast.

Originally started in the USA by the SAE International as MINI BAJA, it was launched in India in Jan 2007 under the leadership of Pawan Goenka.

This year the theme for BAJA 2018 is ‘Ground to Glory’ which celebrates the passion, hard work and perseverance of the budding engineers who start their journey from scratch and traverse throughout the year to turn their dreams into reality.

BAJA SAEINDIA also initiated the eBAJA series in 2015, to leverage the onset of Electric Mobility in India.

The eBAJA vehicles run on electricity, propelled by an electric motor and powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack.
From designing, developing to driving their own racing cars, teams of 20-25 students are judged for innovation, sustainability, design, acceleration, manoeuvrability, durability and several other topics.

This provides final year engineering students a hands on experience and tests their professional skills and learning even before they are out of institutes.

At IIT Ropar, the Engineering Colleges, who failed to make the grade for the marquee event in Pithampur, have been invited to display their creations.

The students will then undertake an endurance race on Sunday to prove their machines can withstand the given rugged terrain out there.

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