RESULTS

2010 WEST COAST NATIONAL COMPETITION
Location: University of California, Northridge
Official MSU Results: 8th of 14 teams
Design Competition: 5th of 29
Sprint Competition: 9th of 14
Endurance Race: 8th of 14

2009 WEST COAST NATIONAL COMPETITION
Location: Portland State University
Official MSU Results: 7th of 28 teams
Design Competition: 9th of 28
Sprint Competition: 14th of 28
Endurance Race: 6th of 28

2008 WEST COAST NATIONAL COMPETITION
Location: University of Nevada, Reno
Official MSU Results: 7th of 20 teams

Design Competition: 9th of 22
Sprint Competition: 9th of 22
Endurance Race: 4th of 20

2007 WEST COAST NATIONAL COMPETITION
Location: NASA-Ames Research Center, San Jose California
Official MSU Results: 5th of 24 teams

Design Competition: 7th of 22
Sprint Competition: 7th of 22
Endurance Race: 7th of 22

2006 WEST COAST NATIONAL COMPETITION
Location: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Official MSU Results: 8th of 24 teams

Design Competition: 12th of 24
Sprint Competition: 8th of 22
Endurance Race: 4th of 22

HUMAN POWERED VEHICLE EVENTS

The HPV competition is divided into three regions. A West and East coast event here in the states and a foreign competition in Venezuela. Each involves judging of the design, as well as performance of the vehicle. While the majority of points is given for design and fabrication of the vehicle points can be earned in various competition segments.

Judging is done by a panel of 4 or more individuals. Each group gives a 5 minute presentation along with displaying the bike for the judges to see. The presentation gives the team the opportunity to portray the work that went into creating the bike. Initial concepts, design and fabrication are among some of what the judges look at. Analysis is also a key aspects that judges look at for performance characteristics and safety.

Once the judging is finished the bike must be safety inspected. A series of tests has been devised that help ensure the bike is suitable for competition. The following is a list of criteria that must be accomplishable to pass the safety test:

  • Stop from a speed of approximately 15 miles per hour in a distance of 20 feet or less.
  • Make a 180 degree turn within a 25 foot radius.
  • Track in a straight line for 100 feet.
  • Poses a roll bar for the protection of the rider in case of an accident.
  • Incorporate a shoulder harnesses style seat belt into the design in case of roll over or accident.

If any of these tasks cannot be completed they must be addressed or the team will be given a point penalty or possibly be disqualified from the remainder of the competition.