Human Powered Vehicles to Compete in ASME Event at The Universidad Simon Bolivar

NEW YORK, Feb. 19, 2013 – The Universidad Simon Bolivar in Miranda State, Caracas, Venezuela, is the host of the 2013 ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) Latin America to take place Feb. 22-24.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is organizer of the event, in which students will put aerodynamically designed vehicles through speed and endurance tests on designated courses in the university campus.  The environmentally friendly pedal-powered prototypes also will be judged on maneuverability, practicality and design efficiency.

The super bikes incorporate engineering innovations allowing optimum performance and functionality, as well as structural soundness and safety.  The competition will feature single-rider and utility vehicles in a series of sprint, endurance and skills competitions.

HPVC Latin America is one of three HPVC events that ASME will organize in 2013.  HPVC West will be held April 12-14 the NASA Ames Research Center and hosted by San Jose State University, followed by HPVC East to be held April 26-28 at Ferris State University.

“We are pleased to bring the HPVC to the Latin American market,” said Marc W. Goldsmith, president of the Society.  “The HPVC program provides an opportunity for engineering students to apply sound engineering principles to the development of fast and efficient transportation systems.”

Judges will award cash prizes and trophies to the top teams in each category. For information, visit the HPVC page.


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