Human Powered Vehicle Team at UW-Madison

General Meetings:

When: Every Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Engineering Centers Building, Room 1045

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 or talk to one of the team officers for more information.

Most Recent Updates

2019 Competition Results - We attended the ASME North Human Powered Vehicle Competition over the weekend in Lansing, Michigan, with 50 teams competing this year from across the globe. We placed 6th overall, and are extremely proud of all our hard work and dedication to make the top ten once again. Score breakdown: · 11th in design · 9th [...]
2019 Competition Information Released - Our team will be heading to Michigan State University April 5-7 to compete at the HPVC North America North Competition. We can’t wait to showcase what we’ve been working on this school year!

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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 North Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC).  The competition draws more than 50 teams from the United States, Canada, South America, and Asia.

The 2018 – 2019 school year marks UW-Madison’s 15th 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.