UW-Madison Human-Powered Vehicle Team

General Meetings:

When: Every Thursday from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM                                                                                                                                                       Where: Engineering Centers Building Room 1045

If you are are not a member and are interested in joining The UW-Madison Human-Powered Vehicle Team, come to any of the general meetings and talk to one of the team officers for more information.

Most Recent Updates

2015 Competition Update -     With each new year comes new members, new designs, and new competition. In our 11th year of competing in the American Society of Mechanical Engineering East Coast Human Powered Vehicle Competition, we placed 28th out of all the schools involved in the competition. The largest improvement on our vehicle this year was in [...]
Coastal Enterprises’ Blog Feature - One of our sponsors, Coastal Enterprises, wrote a great feature on the process we used to fabricate the carbon fiber fairing. Check it out here!

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.

The 2015 – 2016 school year marks UW-Madison’s 12th year participating in this competition. Our team has traditionally designed a vehicle to compete in the unrestricted class which focuses on utility. This class takes into consideration the practical application of the vehicle, aiming to make it suitable for daily use, and as a possible “green” alternative to an automobile. The vehicle promotes alternative forms of transportation in the community and demonstrates how engineering can benefit society.

Currently, our team has nearly 20 members and is divided into 4 sub-teams that each focus on a certain system of the vehicle. The four sub-teams are; frame, drive train, fairing, and Innovation. The frame sub-team aims to design a sturdy internal vehicle structure that holds the entire vehicle together. The drivetrain sub-team works closely with the frame team to design a way to make the vehicle move. The fairing team designs and builds an external shell that protects the rider and makes the vehicle extremely aerodynamic for high speed transportation. The innovation sub-team is only limited by the power of their imagination in what they can do. This sub-team is responsible for creating innovative features that add value and efficiency to the vehicle.