We are excited to announce the location and date of the upcoming HPVC North America East competition! We will be heading to Pennsylvania (exact location yet TBD) April 13-15 for the 2018 competition. We can’t wait to compete against some of the nation’s best colleges, and see all of our hard work pay off.
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.
• 4th in design
• 3rd in innovation
• 7th in women’s speed
• 5th in men’s speed
• 9th in endurance
Thanks for a great year!
We are so excited to be once again competing in the HPVC North America East competition, this year in Cookeville, Tennessee. The competition is hosted by Tennessee Tech University from April 21-23. We have been working hard on our innovative new vehicle that we have been preparing since September. We can’t wait to show off all of our hard work at this year’s competition!
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 our fairing. With an increase in composites research and experience from older team members we were able to design and build a lighter and more aerodynamic fairing than ever before.
We would like to thank the University of Central Florida for hosting the competition and all of our generous sponsors who made it possible for us to turn ideas into realities this year!
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!
On Thursday, April 10th, the team put the finishing touches on the vehicle, dubbed Udder Domination, and then packed everything up into a U-Haul and made the long drive from Madison, WI to Orlando, FL. We arrived Friday afternoon with enough time to make some last minute modifications, check out other team’s designs, and pass our safety inspection with flying colors!
Later that night we presented our design to the judges and did a few practice laps in the parking lot to get comfortable with the vehicle. Then, it was time to get a few hours of sleep before waking up at 5:00am the next morning to compete in the drag race.
The drag race was held on a 200 meter flat course on the beautiful University of Central Florida campus. In this event, teams demonstrate the acceleration and top speed of their vehicles by going head to head against other teams in a double elimination tournament. Unfortunately, our lack of practice combined with the sensitive controls caused some stability issues that prevented us from reaching top speed. We were not able to meet the qualifying times for the men’s or women’s drag event, so we watched the other team’s compete and soaked up some Florida sun.
The endurance race was on Sunday and consisted of 2.5 hours of continuous racing! The course was about 1.5 miles long and featured many obstacles to test the practicality of the vehicles, including speed bumps, grocery pickups, a slalom section, and hairpin turns. Our chain derailed at the start line but once we got the vehicle up and running, it handled the obstacles with ease. After about 16 laps, the chain got caught in the front wheel so Lucas had to carry the vehicle across the finish line. It made for a very exciting finish!
Although a lot of little issues prevented us from scoring as well as we had hoped, we were really happy with how the vehicle turned out this year. It weighed 65 lbs (20 lbs lighter than last year!), and was the most aerodynamic vehicle we have ever made. We plan on getting some more practice this summer and will try to break our goal of going 50 mph on flat ground.
Thanks to the University of Central Florida for hosting and to every company and individual that helped us with the project!