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The spring semester has started and the prototype build is nearing completion.  Photos and updates of the team’s progress through the semester can be found right here, so stay posted!  The best way to stay connected to the UNR Human Powered Vehicle Team is to subscribe to our website!  If you are a student at UNR and want to help out with the team or just come and see what were all about, meeting times are scheduled as Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 6:30 in the Palmer Engineering Lounge.

Going into the semester, we have a lot of work to get done, as always we are in need of your help!  If you are a local northern Nevada business and would like to contribute to the team’s efforts this year, click over to our sponsor page and contact us with your info.  We will send you an information packet detailing how to sponsor the team.  All sponsors are represented through stickers on our vehicle’s outer shell and display of their logo on our homepage.

Those sponsors donating over $1000 receive a much larger sticker on our travel trailer.  This trailer goes with us to every competition and, for the remainder of the year, is parked in the upper lots at a perfect location for football season tailgate party advertising.

Back the Pack and become a sponsor today!


Okay, so it’s just a lego model, but the basic fundamentals of our prototype design have now been determined and the team is ready to start building the second iteration of The UNR Human Powered Vehicle!  Building with Legos proved to be the most effective way of manipulating our design ideas, as having six people gathered around a computer screen looking at a digital model could only spark so much creativity.   A digital model will be built in SolidWorks for all necessary safety analysis and FEA, pictures will be up as soon as this is completed.

Prototype 2.0 construction will begin next week while we try to hold true to our goal of having a finished product by start of school.  The team is very confident in our latest design and while it may need some tweaking, it will be by far the most innovative bike at this year’s ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge.

School may be off for the next month, but that wont stop the UNR Human Powered Vehicle Team from continuing towards their goal of winning this year’s ASME HPVC Competition!

Prototype analysis and improvement will continue through break, and it is expected that we will have our second prototype iteration completed by the start of Spring semester.

As always, we are in need of more sponsors.  Please take a look at our sponsorship page for more information and don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on the team or if you have any questions on how to sponsor the team.

Happy Holidays from the UNR HPVC Team!

Qdoba Mexican Grill hosted a fundraising event for the team three weeks ago.  20% of all purchases made by customers presenting this flyer were  donated to the UNR Human Powered Vehicle Team.  We cannot thank the Qdoba on North McCarran enough for helping the team out on their quest for 1st place at this year’s ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge! Directions to the participating Qdoba Restaurant can be found below.

A photobucket gallery showing the newest pictures of the UNR Human Powered Vehicle Team has been created!  As of now, we have built 3 mutant bikes, 3 carbon fiber test pieces for rollbar model verification, and are nearly complete with the first prototype of this year’s frame.

Be sure to check the link to keep up with what goes on down in the depths of the Palmer Engineering Building!

Frame Design Team with Prototype

The frame team has been working diligently over the last few months on frame design and how their vision is becoming a reality!  Prototype building has begun and the Palmer Engineering basement is a buzz with pipe cutting, welding, classic rock radio stations, and pizza.  The prototype will provide proof of concept to the main design feature on this year’s human powered vehicle.   Once the prototype is finished we will begin testing and analysis on the design and begin working towards the final bike’s development.  Pictures of the prototype will be uploaded as soon as they become availiable, so continue to check the team’s website for updates.

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.

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!