The call of the open road. The rev of the engine. The wind rushing through your hair. There's simply nothing like it.
But is it possible to properly head out on the highway without appreciating the vehicle that carries you? For UMBC's Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) racing team, that's no problem at all. Every year, the student-run team builds a new off-road vehicle from scratch, and every year they outmaneuver the competition in tests of endurance, speed and safety.
The group has designed, built, tested and raced pint-sized but powerful dune-buggy style cars in a national contest that pushes their reflexes and brainpower - as well as their cars' gears, tires and pistons - to the absolute limit.
"We learn everything from budgeting, to shipping, to building a gear box from scratch," explains Steve Storck, the president of UMBC's team. "The demands of Baja competition cut across majors from mechanical engineers to business to art."
But they can't do it without you.
How can you help?
Your gift will make participating in this experience possible for UMBC students. Baja teams from a number of schools hold competitions throughout the country. Additional funding will make it possible for the UMBC Baja SAE team to travel to national competitions.
Together we can make it happen. Here’s How!
- Team Hotel Rooms for Race $1,500
- Race Registration $1,000
- Box Truck Rental $750
- Fuel Costs - To and From the Race $300
- One Tank of Diesel for Box Truck $75
- Feed One Team Member for a Week $50
- With your help we raise $3,675
Elizabeth K. $50Bring 'em down to Wallops Island VA 16 Dec for Orbital Science's first ISS resupply launch! Join our viewing party! firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric E. $50Keep up the good work guys!
David M. $10
Anne S. $200Corey Fleischer owes a lot to skills that he learned on Baja. It propelled him to an amazing win on Big Brain Theory!
Thomas D. $100Loved it at Hogback Hill!
Richard D. $100Best wishes, see you at RIT Paul
Devin P. $100Schabb Memorial Vax Fund (returned beer cans)
Jenny O. $25Vroom! Vroom!
Jamie M. $50We're rooting for Team UMBC! From your friends at GiveCorps.
Dayna Carpenter $10