The team was started in the fall of 2004 by Jessica Sanfilippo and Dusty Brunner through the UW-Madison ASME Student Chapter. The team of about a dozen dedicated members competed in its first competition in the spring of 2005 in Alabama. The team has competeted in places such as North Carolina in 2006 and Florida in 2007. The team competed as a utility vehicle it's first 6 years. In 2007 the team entered two bikes, one footpowered and one purely handpowered bike. In 2008 the team redesigned the handpowered bike for the competition which was hosted by UW-Madison. For the 2009 competition the team returned to a footpowered bike and placed 2nd in design and 2nd overall. At the 2010 competition, the team again entered a footpowered bike with improved system designs. The team placed 2nd in design and 2nd overall and finished in the top 5 of all races. Please see photos linked below of the past vehicles.
February 2006, Wisconsin Engineer Magazine (full article)
Engineering students at UW-Madison have yet another venue for extending classroom knowledge into practical experience.
The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge team in part of the College of Engineerings’s repertoire of competitive design teams. HPVC provides an opportunity for engineering students not only to have a diversion from everyday study sessions, but also to transfer theories of engineering into a final product. In addition, the project requires students to develop skills in teamwork, organization and technical presentation.