Details for the 2010 East and West Coast ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenges have been announced.

The East Coast competition will be hosted by Central Connecticut University on May 7-9, and the West Coast event will be hosted by California State University-Northridge on April 23-25.

The UNR Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Team is still looking for sponsors and we are halfway to our fundraising goal for this year.   If you would like to join our team of sponsors or would like more information regarding the team, click the “Become A Sponsor” Tab above this post.


Here is a little teaser of the 2010 UNR Human Powered Vehicle fairing design.  The design utilizes our new low-impact and low-cost manufacturing process.   Frame modeling is beginning this week and by the end of the month, we should have a model of the complete bike.  Keep checking back here to stay updated with the team’s progress.

After the first few meetings of design and fundraising talk, we got the feeling the true meaning of the UNR Human Powered Vehicle Team was getting lost on some people.  So to account for this, a fun little team building exercise was planned for last Tuesday’s meeting.

After getting eight bikes donated to us by Reno Kiwanis, we divided everyone up into four teams and set them off on their own to design and build two tall bikes and two tandem-train bikes.  Everyone had a blast chopping up these old bikes and welding them all back together, showing just how creative a bunch of engineers can be when you give them free reign over some scrap metal and a Welder!

In the end, our welding machine broke down midway through the build-off and we couldn’t finish everything, but once it gets fixed, we will be back up and running with a fleet of funky bikes!

A UNR Sagebrush photographer was there snapping photos of the build off, so check back here in a week or so for the link to the story.  Once we get in touch with the photographer, we will have some pictures up of all the fun we had.

Thanks again to Reno Kiwanis for donating our building materials and thanks as well to Jason Erikson and Scott Waters for helping the team out at the meeting!  The next team meeting will be October 6, once again, 6:30 in the Palmer Engineering Lounge.

SR 105We had an awesome time out at the Battle Mountain Human Powered Vehicle Championships on Friday.  Watched the early morning qualifying runs and even got to help out and compete in the drag races held later in the day!  We witnessed three world records get set during the evening races.  Sam Wittingham broke his own record going 82.8 mph, Barbara Buatois broke the record she set earlier in the week at 75.4 mph, and Greg Westlake set the handcycle world record at 44.4 mph!  An amazing feat by all three riders.  This really shows just how efficient and powerful a Human Powered Vehicle can be.

Click the above pictures or this link to check out all the pictures we got at Friday’s event and be sure to look at the videos too.  The video of Sam going 82 mph is insane; most people don’t believe it is a human powered vehicle in the video!

More pictures from the whole week of racing, along with speed results and more can be found at here.

Sierra Nevada Corporation is the newest sponsor of the 2010 UNR Human Powered Vehicle Team!  Thank you to Scott Waters and everyone over at SNC for their help and support with this year’s bike.  SNC and Scott have also offered FEA and CFD advisement for the team’s design.  This will really help us to build the fastest and safest design possible.  Thanks again to SNC and Scott!

If you or your company would like to sponsor the 2010 UNR Human Powered Vehicle Team, have a look at our sponsorship page for more information.


The UNR Human Powered Vehicle Team will be heading out to check out the Battle Mountain World Human Powered Speed Challenge this Friday.  We will be checking out all the awesome bikes and hopefully we will be lucky enough to see some record breaking speed runs!  Pictures from our travels are soon to follow!  Click the picture above or this link to check out the event’s website.

Our second UNR Human Powered Vehicle Team meeting went off with a bang yesterday!  We had all the new members from the first meeting returning, even with a few extras!  Our numbers for this year are looking really good and the fact that we have more than two women on the team is something we are very proud of.

As for the meeting, Chris and Brandon discussed with the team some of their ideas and insights into this year’s “Secondary Human Powered Bike Project”.  After some brainstorming, they are going to come back into the next meeting with a general plan for what will be done.  Can’t wait to see what those guys will come up with!  We also discussed some fairing designs and are still working on designing the Lamborghini of three-wheeled Human Powered Vehicles so stay tuned!  Testing of various design ideas is still in progress and more ideas are coming through the pipe as we speak!

Probably the coolest thing about yesterday’s meeting was we had Jason Erikson come down and bring his Varnator human powered vehicle which will be racing in this year’s Battle Mountain Championships!  The bike is really cool and everyone was excited to see a 60+ mph human powered vehicle.  We learned a few things from Jason and he let us ride his training recumbent up and down the university roads.  Thank you Jason for stopping by and helping to show the new team members what a professionally made human powered vehicle looks like!

So thanks again to Jason and everyone who showed up, we look forward to seeing you all again at our next meeting on September 22, once again at 6:30 pm in the Palmer Engineering lounge. We are still in the process of acquiring sponsors for this year’s bike so if you are interested, click the link at the top of the page!

The first UNR Human Powered Vehicle Team meeting went well last night.  We welcomed eight new people onto the team and we are more than happy to have them!  Congrats to Brandon and Chris who were selected to be the Team Leads for the Secondary Human Powered Bike Project.  These HPVC veterans will be overseeing a $500 budget to improve, in any way possible, last year’s Human Powered Vehicle, Waldo.  John “Pinky” Malinowski was also appointed as the Training Coordinator to keep the team fit and ready for the competition, big ups to him for taking on the immense challenge of getting engineers in shape!  We are going to need every advantage at this year’s ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge.

Our Meeting schedule was also determined last night.  We will be meeting up every other Tuesday at 6:30 pm in the ASME Lounge (Palmer 211).  That being said, our next meeting will be September 8th.

Thanks again to everyone who came out last night and hope you all had fun riding the bikes around the quad, see you on the 8th!

Waldo crossing the finish line at the 2009 event

Waldo crossing the finish line at the 2009 event

This article is a little old, but it details UNR’s results from last year’s ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge.  Click here to view the article on the Nevada News website.

The first UNR Human Powered Vehicle Team meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, August 26th at 6:30 pm in front of the Palmer Engineering Building. We will later move into the ASME Student lounge on the second floor of the Palmer Engineering Building to go over this year’s plans.

Bring friends, an open mind, and some creative ideas.

We will be discussing this year’s fund-raising goals and working on getting in contact with our sponsors from last year. Thank you letters need to be sent out to our old sponsors along with sponsorship packets detailing this year’s new donation levels. New sponsors need to be contacted and sent sponsorship packets.

As for design, the design team has been working diligently all summer on coming up with the best bike we can build. We have a preliminary design for this year’s ASME event going and we will be presenting it to everyone else at the meeting. The design is absolutely not set in stone and is entirely open to changes, so remember to bring those creative ideas!

For anyone not familiar with the ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge event, click this link and read up.

See you all there!