Faculty Advisor

Hall, John R

Faculty Advisor

Planchard, David Clifton


The purpose of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja Major Qualifying Project (MQP) was to analyze the pre-existing BSAE vehicles to determine flaws and design a new chassis that improved upon the previous designs. Analysis of preliminary and a near final design using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) led to modifications that produced the final chassis design. For suspension, the MQP determined that a double A-arm would be suitable in the front and a trailing or semi-trailing A-arm would be best in the rear. Each suspension was designed using specific constraints considered for optimal performance. A quote to manufacture and weld the frame was requested from VR3 and all documentation needed was created so that the manufacturing process could be completed during the upcoming summer.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering