University of Toronto

Human Powered Vehicle Design Team

Thinking of joining the team?

To learn more about us, contact us or visit us on the 5th floor of 256 McCaul St. Hope to see you soon!

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. You will also be a part of the design process of the aerodynamic, mechanical, structural and electrical components of the bicycle. You will gain hands-on experience with building streamlined vehicles, as well as how to disassemble and reassemble bicycle components. Committed members will also have an opportunity to become design leads and/or team executives, which provides leadership/management experiences. The team is also often invited to attend various events and conferences where team members can showcase their work and network with professionals in related fields.




by University of Toronto Engineering Students


Our first ever speedbike.


With improved aerodynamics and handling compared to Ace, Vortex is a favourite amongst many team members.


This is our most technologically advanced vehicle. Equipped with an electronic vision and data acquisition system, the need for a plexi-glass wind shield is eliminated, maximizing aerodynamic and weight efficiency. Simulation shows that the airflow across the body is 90% laminar at speed!


Our first ever trike. Celero differs from our previous vehicles as it was designed for more practical purposes, such as commuting in the city.


This unique leaning trike design combines the manoeuvrability of a bicycle at high speeds and the stability of a tricyle at low speeds, giving riders both comfort and speed.


Viteza is designed to be an effective suburban commuting bike. It has a partial fairing - a very different design approach in comparison to previous vehicles - which provides an optimal balance between safety, performance and usability.


Calvin Moes, Team Captain

Sherry Shi, Financial Director, Webmaster

Alex Selwa, Sponsorship Director

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256 McCaul St. 5th Floor
Toronto, ON

Mailing Address:
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
University of Toronto
Wallberg Building, 184 College Street, Suite 140
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E4 Canada


To Prospective Sponsors: Please take a look at our Sponsorship Package

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