Date of Graduation

Spring 2015

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Mechanical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Research Sponsor

Dr. Richard Gross

First Reader

Dr. Scott Sawyer

Second Reader

Dr. S. Graham Kelly


The SAE Baja student design team at The University of Akron is one of the longest-standing design teams at the university. The purpose of this team is to design, manufacture, test, and race an off-road vehicle within the guidelines of competition established by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The vehicle is made up of a small number of subsystems including frame, drivetrain, suspension, steering, and braking. The following will discuss all aspects of the design process of the braking and throttle system of the 2015 Zips Baja car. This process includes several steps and considerations such as design goals, system performance calculations, stress analysis, and manufacturability. Once the final design is established, the manufacturing process will be outlined. The performance of the finished system will be analyzed and the necessary changes will be made to optimize design, and therefore, performance.