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HPVC's 25 year
This year marks
the 25th anniversary of the Human Powered Vehicle Competition.
This article contains some great information on the HPVC
commemorating 25 years
West Coast Competition: University
of Nevada, Reno April 18-20 2008
East Coast Competition: University of
Madison-Wisconsin April 25-27 2008
Competition: Maracaibo, Venezuela, September 2-4 2008
If you didn't
know that there is a HPVC in Latin America and you want to find out more
about it please contact Aaron Smith.
Rules (Courtesy of ASME)
The competition includes three classes of vehicles.
- Single Rider - operated and powered by a single individual
- Multi-rider - operated and powered by two or more individuals
- Utility - vehicle designed for every-day transportation for such
activities as commuting to work or school, shopping trips, and
Single Rider and Multi-rider vehicles will participate in three
events: Design, Sprint, and Endurance. Utility vehicles will participate
in two events: Design and Utility Endurance.
All vehicles in all classes of competition are required to have a full
or partial aerodynamic fairing. This fairing must cover 1/3 of the
frontal area of the vehicle and be built such that it clearly shows the
provided number assigned to the vehicle and ASME logo. The number and
logo must be displayed on every fairing in front of the rider and must
be visible from both sides of the vehicle.
All vehicles and teams in all classes must abide by all the safety
- Make a complete stop in a distance of 20 feet or less from a
speed of 15 miles per hour
- Travel is a straight line for 100 feet
- Negotiate a turn within a 25-foot radius
- Provide rollover protection for riders and stokers, equivalent
to chrome-molybdenum steel tubing with an outer diameter of 1.5
inches and a wall thickness of no less than 0.049 inches
- Wear helmets that meet given standards
- Wear seat belts or shoulder harnesses, in accordance to the
- Show that all surfaces of the vehicle, both exterior and
interior region of the rider(s), are free from sharp edges and
Vehicles found unsafe during inspection or anytime of the competition
will be removed from the competition until the problem has been
The use of energy storage devices by non-utility vehicles is prohibited.
Normal operating components involved in the drive train are specifically
permitted in as much as their design is not primarily influenced by
energy storage considerations. Utility vehicles will be allowed to store
regenerative energy. Prior to every event, they must show that their
energy-storing device has no initial energy stored. All of the energy
stored by the device must be a result of the vehicle being in motion.
The design event will include vehicles from all three classes. Judges
will consider both the formal written report and the oral presentation
when reviewing vehicle designs. There will be an emphasis on originality
and the soundness of the design. The focus will be the new work that has
been completed in the last year.
The Sprint event will include Single Rider and Multi-rider vehicles.
Approximately four hours of competition will be ran on a single track
such that everyone will be capable of obtaining a sprint time. The timed
portion of the course is a 100 meter straight a way. There will be a
preceding distance of 300 to 400 meters for vehicles to gain speed
before entering the timed portion, as well as a minimum of 200 meters at
the end for the vehicles to slow down.
The Endurance event will involve all three categories. Single Rider and
Multi-rider vehicles will compete in grand prix style road races of
approximately 65 kilometers (40 miles). Vehicles must start the event
with female rider(s) who must complete at least 5 kilometers. No
individual can compete in the vehicle for more than 20 kilometers, and
all laps by any individual must be consecutive. When the lead vehicle
crosses the finish line, each team will be allowed to finish the lap it
is on to end the competition.
The Utility Endurance event includes Utility vehicles only. The
course will be a distance of approximately 10 kilometers and will
include obstacles such as a driveway entry ramp, speed bumps, stop
signs, and "head in" parking. Along with these obstacles, the rider will
be required to dismount his/her vehicle to pick up parcels or packages
(29.2 cm x 17.2 cm x 39.3 cm) as well as drop them off. The event is
over when all vehicles have completed the course.
The specifications for each event, including the mandatory use of
female riders, can be found in the rulebook. How the scores are tallied
for each event and vehicle can also be found there. Forms for
registration, certifications, and eligibility, along with others are all
included in the appendix of the rulebook. To avoid disqualification
competing teams are strongly encouraged to become familiar with all the
rules and regulations.