2021 UCI Baja Race Team

2021 UCI Baja Race Team

I have seen intercollegiate engineering competitions like the Baja Validation Event organized by SAE International become important educational experiences. Working together to accomplish a complex task, forces students to become engineers. They see first-hand the benefits of integrated design, simulation, fabrication and testing. And perhaps, more importantly, they learn to work as a team, communicating effectively, meeting responsibilities, respecting differences, and pushing toward a shared goal.

This video captures the results of the work of the 2021 UCI Baja Race Team, who designed, built and tested their vehicle while under the severe pandemic restrictions. I hope you see the commitment and hard work of these young engineers under uniquely difficult circumstances show that our future is in good hands.

2013 Energy Invitational

Smitty’s Video Lectures on Racecar Engineering

Here are Smitty’s video lectures on Introduction to Racecar Engineering assembled into one post. I am sure you will find these 20 videos to be of great value.

01 Getting Started

02 Weight and Balance

03 Strength and Stiffness

04 Chassis Design

05 Suspension Design

06 Shock Absorbers

07 More on Suspensions

08 Springs

09 Steering

10 Caster

11 King Pin Inclination

12 Toe and Camber

13 Tires

14 Transmission

15 Electronic Fuel Injection

16 Performance Ideals

17 Team Don’ts

18 Team Do’s

19 Smitty’s Library

20 Thank you

2018 UCI Phantom FSAE Autocross

This video captures the first autocross run by Matt Clark at the 2018 FSAE Lincoln competition. If I remember correctly is was 62.7sec, just behind their earlier 61.9sec run. Matt’s second run, the final of four runs, was anticipated to be even better but there was a problem with the car.

This view of the course, driver, and front wheels is excellent for understanding the challenges of this competition.

Thank you

Intro to Racecar Engineering: 20 Thank You

Smitty and Professor McCarthy say thank you!


Intro to Racecar Engineering:19 Smitty's Library

Intro to Racecar Engineering: 19 Smitty’s Library

Smitty shares his library of resources.


Intro to Racecar Engineering: 18 Team Do's

Intro to Racecar Engineering: 18 Team Do’s

Smitty shares team do’s.



Intro to Racecar Engineering: 17 Team Don'ts

Intro to Racecar Engineering: 17 Team Don’ts

Smitty shares team don’ts.



Intro to Racecar Engineering: 16 Performance Ideals

Intro to Racecar Engineering: 16 Performance Ideals

Smitty discusses performance ideals and overall principles such as weight distribution, body shape, and safety. 



Intro to Racecar Engineering: 15 Electronic Fuel Injection

Intro to Racecar Engineering: 15 Electronic Fuel Injection Systems

Smitty shares information regarding electronic fuel injection systems.



Intro to Racecar Engineering 14

Intro to Racecar Engineering: 14 CV Transmissions

Smitty describes continuously variable transmissions. This is the fourteenth video in a series developed for UCI’s racecar engineering program.