By Matthew Grandin for the University of Michigan Baja Racing Team. Every year the Society of Automotive Engineers hosts a series of competitions attended by a hundred or more student teams from engineering colleges around America and the globe. Teams design & build a race vehicle throughout the academic year. They gather to compete in Dynamic Events including Acceleration, Rock Climbing, Maneuverability and Hill Climbing in the summer. A 4 hour Endurance Race over a rugged motocross-style track ends each competition and sends teams home with pending repairs. Students gain hands-on engineering practice, real-world job skills and an exciting final assessment!