What is Mini-Baja? The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini Baja Competition originated at the University of South Carolina in 1976 under the supervision of Dr. J.F. Stevens. SAE International sponsors three Mini Baja competitions each year held around the country. The object of the competition is to simulate real-world engineering design projects. Each team competes for acceptance of their design by a fictitious manufacturing firm. Students work together to design, build, test, promote and race a vehicle within the limits of the rules. The teams are responsible for raising funds to pay for the raw materials, component parts, tools, and any other expenses of production and competitions. The USC Mini Baja Team Objective The objective of the 2008 USC Mini-Baja is to regain our school’s status as a top competitor nationally as we have in previous decades. In 2005, a group of five devoted students worked together to build a car and compete in the East competition. This effort was not possible without our sponsors; however, we look to improve with each year. In 2005, we placed 38th out of a field of 72 cars. We were the highest rated rookie team (a team which has not competed in at least 3 years). This year, we would like to enter another vehicle, and hopefully build the continuity of an experienced team. How Will We Accomplish Our Objective USC looks to extend its presence in the Mini-Baja scene by regularly attending events and developing vehicle designs. This continuity each year provides more and more experience for the younger members on the team, and extends our University’s reputation for excellence in engineering. As our experience increases, our results will only continue to improve. With the proper funding, we will participate in the Illinois competition this year. The SAE Baja team is asking for the help of the local community to support the team in the process of creating a successful Baja design, and establishing a program that challenges students to apply academic knowledge to real world engineering. The USC Mini- Baja team is continuously looking for sponsorship through donations of parts and/or monetary donations. The next page is a proposed budget followed by sponsorship benefits and contact information. Budget Overview Drive Train Gearbox and Mounting $300 Steel Axle $80 Sprockets $50 Bearings, shafts, etc $150 Tires Front Tires w/ Rims $180 Rear Tires w/ Rims $150 Suspension Springs/Shocks $200 * 4 = $800 Control Arms $30 Steering Rack & Pinion $250 Accessories $50 Frame Steel for Frame $150 Mounting Supports $50 Body Lexan Panels $150 Sheet metal bodypan $150 Brakes Calipers/Pads/Pistons $300 Safety Equipment Safety $200 Belts/Helmets/Goggles/etc Fire Extinguishers $30 Miscellaneous Nuts/Bolts/Fasteners $50 Switches/Cables/Fuel Lines $50 Fuel/Oils/Paint $50 Miscellaneous parts and $180 suppies Tools $200 Travel Expenses and Entry $1400 Fees Total $5000 Sponsor Benefits The Mini Baja competition is an extra-curricular engineering design project with no intrinsic source of income. Sponsorship is therefore vitally important to the team’s participation and success at the competition. The USC Baja team recognizes the value of every sponsor and strives to promote a lasting relationship with each donor. The team tries continuously to benefit those that sponsor them through promotional advertising and recognition to create an equally-beneficial partnership with the sponsors. Each sponsor will be represented through not only the advertisement, but also through the positive attitude and work ethic of each member of the team. Premium Sponsorship Package: ($2,000-$4,999) Large Logo on most visible sides of car. Large Logo on Baja Trailer Large Logo in pit area Complimentary Baja Plaque. Tour of the Baja shop and car. Logo and links on webpage. Plus Sponsorship Package: ($1,000-$1,999) Logo on more visible parts of car. Logo on Baja Trailer. Logo in pit area. Logo and links on webpage. Regular Sponsorship Package: ($100-$999) Logo on parts of the car. Logo on Baja Trailer. Logo in pit area. Logo and links on webpage. All donors, whether money or parts, will be recognized Notice: All monetary donations are tax deductible since the SAE chapter is a Not-for-Profit organization. Contact Information If you are interested in becoming part of the team through sponsorship, please contact one of the following individuals. For more information on the processes for sponsorship, general information on SAE, etc. please contact Dr. Morehouse. For information on the most current status of the Mini-Baja car, information on desired parts donation, or any other questions about the USC Mini-Baja car, please contact Stephen Whitmire. Dr. Jeffrey Morehouse USC Mini-Baja Faculty Advisor Phone: (803) 777-3017 email@example.com Stephen Whitmire USC Mini-Baja Captain Phone : (864) 607-0135 firstname.lastname@example.org Clifton Walters USC Mini-Baja Co-Captain Phone : (803) 413-7851 email@example.com All contributions will be greatly appreciated. The USC Mini-Baja team looks forward to working with you and your company.