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Rumble in the California Hills

Baja car on dirt track

Photo courtesy of Baja ETS racing team.


The dust has settled & the results are in for the first race of the 2024 SAE International Baja competition! 

In a four-day challenge held April 25-28th in Lebec, California, 61 teams from universities in the United States, Canada, & Mexico put their vehicles to the test on the rugged track of Quail Hollow Motocross. 

This annual Baja competition, hosted by SAE International, challenges engineering students to design & build a single-seat, all-terrain sporting vehicle that can withstand the harshest conditions. Students competed for top honors across several events, including overall design, acceleration, maneuverability, suspension, hill climb, endurance and more. 

GMN Bearing USA is a proud sponsor of several SAE Baja motorsports teams, offering our precision sprag clutches for use in their 4WD systems. And this year’s teams did not disappoint, putting GMN parts through their paces!  

Check out a few highlights from our hardworking sponsees:

Cornell University

1st place Overall

Design - 1st place

Suspension - 1st place

Endurance - 1st place

Learn More about Cornell Baja Racing

École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS)

2nd place Overall

Business Presentation - 3rd place

Design - 5th place

Maneuverability - 6th place

Learn More about Baja ETS

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

3rd place Overall

Design - 3rd place

Suspension - 3rd place

Endurance - 4th place

Learn More about RIT Riot Racing

Other Notable Mentions

University of Michigan - 4th place Overall

Johns Hopkins University - 6th place Overall

Case Western Reserve University - 1st place Acceleration

California Polytechnic State University - 1st place Maneuverability

Ohio State University - 4th place Suspension

UCLA - 4th place Business Presentation

North Carolina State University - 9th place Cost Event

Université de Sherbrooke - 14th place Hill Climb

View full results

Johns Hopkins University Blue Jay Racing baja car
University of Michigan Baja Racing team

That's one competition down, and TWO more to go... See y'all next race in Williamsport, Pennsylvania!

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