Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. promoted BAJA SAEINDIA, a professional Society of Automotive Engineers, has announced the commencement of the eighth edition of the much awaited BAJA series. The finale will be held at NATRIP facility at Pithampur near Indore from February 19 till Feb 22 2015. About 323 entries were received for BAJA SAEINDIA 2015, out of which 110 teams were shortlisted for conventional BAJA & 12 teams were shortlisted for e-BAJA in the virtual round.
BAJA SAEINDIA has also rolled out e-BAJA series for the first time, to leverage the onset of Electric Mobility in India. The e-BAJA vehicles will run on electricity and may be recharged by solar power. They will be propelled by an electric motor powered by rechargeable battery packs. The endurance round for e-BAJA will be held on February 22, 2015. To encourage the teams there are special awards for endurance in conventional BAJA as well as e-BAJA. The chosen theme for the conventional BAJA SAEINDIA 2015 is ‘Beyond Boundaries’ with focus on e-BAJA and participation of International Teams. Last year, the students strived towards “Raising the Bar” across all levels of BAJA SAEINDIA. This year, a total of 3000 students from all zones- Western, Northern, Eastern and Southern zones in India will mark the eighth edition of BAJA series in Indore.
For BAJA 2015, 16 colleges from Pune are among the 28 entries from Maharashtra that have qualified to the finale. For the last three BAJA series, the maximum number of entries from Maharashtra is from the city of Pune. In 2013 and 2014, colleges from Pune had won the maximum number of awards in the finale. For the BAJA finale, entries from engineering colleges from across the country were screened in the virtual round, where they presented their Designs for the BAJA Buggy vehicle they wish to run for the final event.
The qualifying teams were selected through a thorough analysis and comparison of the CAD Designs, CAE analysis and the designs of Suspension, Steering & Brakes. The entries presented at the virtual BAJA were mock-ups that would be created with exact specifications by the participants. The teams in final round would showcase their skills, understanding and passion for automobiles while having manufactured their own buggy race car.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “Over the years, BAJA has grown in popularity and has become a bigger event nationally signifying its increasing popularity. The forum gives young engineering talent an opportunity to showcase their skills and acquire a real life experience posed with challenges which is critical to their success in the long term. Mahindra & Mahindra is delighted to be associated with BAJA SAEINDIA 2015 as the title sponsor and with BAJA, we are taking forward the philosophy of Mahindra Rise to the next level”.
Mrs. Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director, ARAI said: “It is worth organizing such an event involving dynamic students from all over India and ARAI is proud to be associated with this event. To meet Technology Road Map of India’s vision, we need lots of good engineers. Baja help us to get practically oriented engineers beaming with confidence & passion. In Baja, we orient them towards STEM (Science, Technology, and Engineering & Mathematics). e-BAJA is a new initiative that will help the country to be self-sufficient in terms of fuel dependability. My best wishes for successful conduct of this event!”
The BAJA SAEINDIA series aims to provide an opportunity for young, enthusiastic and talented engineering students, to showcase their passion for automobiles while encouraging them to conceive, design and fabricate 4-wheeled single-seater all terrain vehicles.