BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra— The Ground To Glory

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018, the 11th edition of the BAJA series by SAEINDIA has concluded at the NATRIP facility at Pithampur, Indore, on 28th January 2018.

The 2018 BAJA SAEINDIA witnessed the participation of almost 388 teams from different colleges across India, out of which 221 were qualified for the final round. The title of this prestigious event was sponsored by Mahindra & Mahindra.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

The 6-Day BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 started on 24th January 2018, splitting into phases such as - BAJA HR Aptitude Test (BAT), Techincal Evaluation, Design Evaluation, Dynamic events, and the Endurance Run.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 HR will be followed on 29th and 30th of January 2018. It involves interviews and placements of the participants, by various sponsors.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

Another BAJA event will be conducted at IIT Ropar, Punjab from 8th to 11th March 2018, due to the high number of applications, this year.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

BAJA SAEINDIA is an off-road endurance event for engineering students and is conducted all over the world by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

The event involves students designing, fabricating, testing and racing a single-seater ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle), in various categories.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

The first BAJA was conducted in 1976 at the University Of South Carolina, and in 2007, the event set foot in India.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

Every year, hundreds of budding engineers from various colleges across India, apply for BAJA SAEINDIA to put all their mechanical/automotive theoretical knowledge into practice.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

The BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 had its starting rounds (Virtual BAJA) on 14th and 15th of July 2017, at Chitkara University, Punjab. In Virtual BAJA, teams present their design using 3D-Modelling tools to the judges and attend a Viva-Voce session afterwards.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

Every BAJA SAEINDIA edition has a unique theme entitled to it. The theme chosen for BAJA 2018 was, ‘Ground To Glory'.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

BAJA SAEINDIA consists of two categories: eBAJA and mBAJA.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

eBAJA involves electric-powered ATVs with a 48V traction motor and a Li-Ion Battery.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

The idea of eBAJA was suggested by Late Former Indian President, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

Meanwhile, mBAJA uses a conventional 10bhp Briggs & Stratton single-cylinder petrol engine.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

The Endurance round of BAJA SAEINDIA involves teams pushing their ATVs to all kinds of terrain, in a closed circuit. The team which secures the highest number of laps in 4 hours, wins.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

Points from other rounds are also taken into consideration, for the final result.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

Petrol pumps and individual pitstops are set up in conjunction with the track.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

The Endurance round saw the drivers wading their creation through rubbles, over rocks, dunes and into a pool of mud.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

Even though all the ATVs are powered by the same engine, factors such as the Frame, Kerb Weight, Gearing Ratio, Suspension Stiffness, and of course, the skill of the driver, make a huge difference.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

This is where each team's engineering expertise comes to play. Depending on sponsors, the construction of each ATV varies, within set standards.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

The atmosphere of 2018 BAJA SAEINDIA was filled with pure adrenaline and one could observe teamwork, dedication and hard work at the pitstops.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

Team members were also seen with tears of joy or sadness, whenever their product left or arrived at the pitstop. Those were indeed some special moments, best to be left off-camera.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

Another thing worth mentioning was the sheer dedication of the volunteers, who had no problem assisting the contestants who were in need.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

Some contestants were also involved in accidents, but the standardised construction of the ATVs ensured that the drivers were safe.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra — The Ground To Glory

And those who had problems with their ATV, still pushed it as much as they could.

The Results

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra— The Ground To Glory

The BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 saw students giving their best towards a fair and tough competition. But as far as points were concerned, these teams came up.

eBAJA:

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra— The Ground To Glory

First Place: Smt. Kashibai Navale College of Engineering, Pune

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra— The Ground To Glory

First Runner-Up: Shri Vishnu Engineering College for Women, Andhra Pradesh

mBAJA:

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra— The Ground To Glory

First Place: DY Patil College of Engineering, Akrudi, Pune

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra— The Ground To Glory

First Runner-Up: College of Engineering, Pune

DriveSpark's Thoughts On BAJA SAEINDIA 2018

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra— The Ground To Glory

The 2018 BAJA SAEINDIA was a platform where budding engineers could test their skills to the maximum. Building a vehicle from the very base, all the way to pushing it over a variety of terrain conditions itself deserves huge appreciation.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Powered By Mahindra— The Ground To Glory

There were no losers at BAJA SAEINDIA 2018, and there will never be.

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Article Published On: Monday, January 29, 2018, 14:27 [IST]
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