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Help Human Powered Vehicle Club Break a Record! (November 2018)

Raised toward our $6,500 Goal
50 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 07, at 05:00 PM PST
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Help Human Powered Vehicle Club Break a Record! (November 2018)

This campaign has ended, but you can still make a gift to the Human Powered Vehicle Club by going here.


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The Cal Poly Human Powered Vehicle Club has been building high speed bicycles for 40 years. We’ve built bikes that have gone over 55 mph! Pushing the limits of human performance has been the club’s passion for longer than most of us have been alive. While building last year’s “all-around” bike, we decided that we wanted to go back to the club’s roots. We wanted to build a bike that was fast and that would challenge the club for the next decade. We decided to sign up for the IHPVA World Speed Challenge, where the only goal is to go fast.

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Our team is growing. We are currently a team of 25 engineers who design, build, test and race a fully faired, recumbent-style bicycle. Our team teaches students design skills such as structural analysis, aerodynamic optimization, system integration, mechanical design and more. Members also learn various useful manufacturing skills from composites manufacturing to precision metal fabrication. Our student engineers are highly desired by many companies because of all the skills they have learn as a part of our team.


After years of rebuilding the club, we finally have a team capable of building a bike for this new competition. We believe that this year’s bike will be capable of breaking the U.S. collegiate speed record, 61.3 mph! Unfortunately, we are currently very limited on funds to make this project a reality. Building this high-precision bike and then taking it to competition will cost upwards of $12,000. Currently, we only have $5,500. This change in competition happened very quickly, and our funding has yet to catch up.

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With your donation, we can build this bike. We'll be able to buy the quality materials required to build our aerodynamic fairing, structural frame, high-efficiency drivetrain, advanced vision system, and more. Having the funds to buy the best materials will allow us to make our bike as fast and safe as possible. Help us make Cal Poly the fastest collegiate team in the U.S. Help us on our new path towards a world record. Help us make history.

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Refreshments for Students

Help fund refreshments for engineers as they work on the project. To show our appreciation, we will send you email updates of all club activities throughout the year.


Hardware for the Bike

Help pay for hardware on the bike such as bolts, washers and nuts. To show our appreciation, we will send you a formal certificate of sponsorship of our club!


Small Frame Components

Help pay for metal stock, mountings, tabs, and other small frame components for the bike. To show our appreciation, we will send you a personal thank you letter and put your name on our website!


Drivetrain Components

Help pay for drivetrain components such as derailleurs and chainrings. To show our appreciation, we would like to put your name on the outside of our final bike!


Steel Stock for the Bike Frame

Help pay for steel stock for the bike frame. To show our appreciation, we will send you a club t-shirt and would like to invite you to our lab to meet the team!


Carbon Fibre and Composites

Help pay for carbon fibre and other composites for the bike! To show our appreciation, we will send you a 3D-printed paperweight model of this year’s bike!

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