Human Powered Vehicle Team at UW-Madison

General Meetings:

When: Every Tuesday from 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Engineering Centers Building, Room Varies

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

Most Recent Updates

Competition Overview - Our competition was over the weekend, April 21-23 at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee, with 39 teams competing in the ASME East Human Powered Vehicle Competition. We earned 4th place overall this year, and are proud of our improvement since last year. Score breakdown: • 4th in design • 3rd in innovation • 7th [...]
Bike Frame is Complete - The frame looks great, shout out to the Frame and Steering Sub-Team for all their hard work! Now only 3 weeks until competition!

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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 more than 30 teams from the United States, Canada, South America, and Asia.

The 2016 – 2017 school year marks UW-Madison’s 13th year participating in this competition. Our team has traditionally designed a vehicle to compete in the unrestricted class that 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.