The University of Toronto Human Powered Vehicle Design Team
the faculty of engineering.
The Human-Powered Vehicle Design Team (HPVDT) is a student organization at the University of Toronto that is focused on the design and construction of innovative, high-performance, human-powered vehicles. Our goal is to provide students with practical, hands-on experience in engineering design while promoting efficiency, sustainability and the use of human power as a means of reducing society's impact on the environment.
Our current focus is the design of a high-speed, aerodynamic bicycle, capable of reaching speeds well in excess of 100 km/hr, while still having the utility necessary for carrying groceries and travelling safely within the city. The bike will compete in the annual American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Human-Powered Vehicle Challenge, a race specifically focused on the utilitarian aspects of the bike. As well, we will compete in the World Human-Powered Speed Challenge, where streamlined bicycles head to set speed records on a 5 mile stretch of road near Battle Mountain, Nevada.
As a member of the team, you will learn how to work with composites, such as carbon fibre, and other advanced materials. Team members will also be a part of the design process of both the aerodynamic and mechanical design of the bicycle. You will quickly learn the basics of building streamlined vehicles, as well as how to disassemble and reassemble bicycle components. The team usually meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm at 256 College St., so come by and check out one of our meetings and our past bikes.