Team TEEVRA - the Human Powered
Vehicle (HPV) team, BITS-Pilani became the second Indian team ever to
participate in the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) – 2010 held
in California, USA. The team received a very warm welcome from the
the hosts at California State University, Northridge and the judges
from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Battling through many
related to fabrication of the vehicle within the specified time period,
management of finances for the project and transportation of the vehicle
to the US, the team was proud to finally make it to the competition
with their heads held high. The hosts, ASME officials and all other
teams appreciated the efforts put in to get international recognition
for the project. The team was responsible for developing the project
through all stages of the competition - design, analysis, marketing,
publicity, administration and logistics.
Team Teevra performed
well, securing 1st place in the Analysis Sub-Category and 8th
place in the Overall Design Category.
The team also participated successfully in the
Speed Endurance Event by running their vehicle
non-stop for 2.5 hours to the completion of the event
– proving unmatched reliability of the vehicle.
As a new participant in the
competition, contending with teams that had prior experience and
splendid results is indeed a great achievement for Team Teevra!
The Team participated
in the following events:
Event: The event was held on 23rd April, 2010. Teams presented their
designs and static and safety inspections were done. Team Teevra
scored well in both areas and were short-listed for the final rounds.
The vehicle design was appreciated by the judges, particularly the
unique singe tube frame bended to optimize length and height of the
vehicle, the safety features and innovations of the drive train,
cushion effect of the frame and the adjustable rollover bar.
The vehicle design by Team
Teevra for this competition is the fastest human powered vehicle in
India. It is now working on a new design with an aim to make it
the fastest vehicle entry into the competition.
Our heartiest congratulations
to Team Teevra and to all who helped them make it a huge success!