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The SAE Mini Baja Competition originated at the University of South Carolina in 1976, under the supervision of Dr. J.F. Stevens. Since that time, the competition has grown to become a premier engineering design series. Mini Baja competitions are held annually under the sponsorship of SAE. Mini Baja is an intercollegiate engineering design competition for undergraduate and graduate engineering students. The object of the competition is to simulate realworld engineering design projects and their related challenges. Our team is competing to have our design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. In order for our team to be successful we must function as a team to design, build, test, promote and race our vehicle within the limits of the rules. Additionally, we must generate financial support for our project. Our team goal is to design and build a prototype of a rugged, single seat, off-road recreational vehicle intended for sale to the non-professional weekend off-road enthusiast. Our vehicle must be safe, easily transported, easily maintained and fun to drive. It should be able to negotiate rough terrain without damage. With a production volume of four thousand units per year, the vehicle manufacturing cost must be less than $3000 (material and labor cost, overhead and tooling are factored into this cost).