Help Sun Devil Racing compete at this year's competitions
Sun Devil Racing (SDR) is a student organization in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering College, at the Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus. We compete annually in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja competitions. SAE describes the program as..."competitions that simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Engineering students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain. Each team's goal is to design and build a single-seat, all-terrain, sporting vehicle whose structure contains the driver. The vehicle is to be a prototype for a reliable, maintainable, ergonomic, and economic production vehicle which serves a recreational user market."
SDR began in 2012 with a vehicle inherited from a past school project. Over the next four years, SDR made huge improvements by placing 2nd in Rock Crawl, 8th overall in Portland, Oregon, and 10th overall in Baltimore, Maryland in 2015, with similar results in the 2016 season. SDR continuously strives to achieve better results than the previous years in the various collegiate competitions.
WHAT WE LEARN
- The business team is a vital component of the SDR team. They are tasked with keeping the team on budget, creating presentations for competitions and fundraising, just to name a few. Being part of the team helps its members develop critical communication skills.
- Members of the SDR team gain real world experience by designing and manufacturing parts in house. The goal is to create an end-product that is both cost efficient and can outperform premanufactured parts including gearboxes, brake calipers, and more. The manufacturing processes include machining, tooling, and software skills, making this experience a win-win for the team as well as each student.
- Although skills such as machining are important, teamwork is by far the greatest takeaway of being a Baja SDR team member. Building a successful team requires understanding each members’ individual skill sets and their passions; therefore, SDR can assign tasks accordingly and efficiently. The career paths of past members have shown the team that they can go on to become leaders in their industry of choice.
WHY WE NEED YOU
In a typical year our Baja SDR team requires approximately $41,000 to compete. The greatest expense for the team involves travel (flights, shipping, gas, lodging, etc.). Materials and manufacturing are the next largest expense, including chromoly tubing, aluminum stock, steel stock, and laser/water jet cutting. Additional costs include, but are not limited to, premanufactured parts such as the engine, shocks, wheels, master cylinders, and safety gear.
A World In Motion (AWIM), is one partnership SDR has partnered with. This program, hosted by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), allows team members to give back to the youth in the community by volunteering to teach K-12 schools Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In exchange, SAE helps cover competition registration fees.