This spring, UMR proved conclusively that it has the best human-powered vehicle team in the nation. The UMR team won the West Coast challenge April 13-15 at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California and then won the East Coast challenge (again) May 11-13 in Ocala, Fla.
The two events attracted about 25 university teams each, but the UMR team was dominant.
Human-powered vehicles are recumbent bikes with aerodynamic shells. The bikes can go about 45 mph. During competitions, university teams are judged in sprints, endurance tests, design reports and oral presentations. UMR took first place in all of the categories at the East Coast competition.
The UMR team redesigns its vehicle every year.
Photos and information about the Human-Powered Vehicle Team and about all of UMR’s student design teams are available at http://experiencethis.mst.edu.