UW-Madison Human-Powered Vehicle Team

Most Recent Updates

Fairing Update - The team is again making a carbon fiber fairing for the vehicle. After a semester of design and CFD analysis, the results are pretty interesting. This year’s fairing has 33% less drag than last year’s in windless conditions. We also ran a simulation of the fairing in a 9.4mph crosswind and found that, in this [...]
Fabrication! - After spending the majority of the first semester brainstorming and refining the design of the vehicle, we are now getting our hands dirty. Zach taught welding seminars to get the team ready to build the frame and other related projects. First, some time was spent preparing and machining the tubes, but then we put on [...]

About Us

This year, undergraduates from UW-Madison’s School of Engineering will design and build a vehicle to compete in the ASME East Coast Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC).  The competition draws approximately 30 teams from the United States, Canada, South America, and Asia. This year’s competition will be hosted by University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.

This year marks UW-Madison’s 10th year participating in the competition.  Our team has traditionally designed a vehicle to compete in the unrestricted class.  The unrestricted class focuses on utility, which takes into consideration the practical application of the vehicle, aiming to make it suitable for daily use as a possible alternative to an automobile.

One of the team’s main objectives is to create a vehicle that is a green alternative to automobiles.  The vehicle promotes alternative forms of transportation in the community and demonstrates how engineering can benefit society. The team participates in local events such as Ride-the-Drive where the vehicle has received a warm welcome and much attention.