ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) is an annual international level competition in which engineering students have to design, innovate and fabricate a human powered vehicle.
IIT Patna’s team “Alacrity” (part of Tinkerer's club@IITP) secured overall Second Runner Up position in ASME HPVC Asia Pacific 2017. HPVC is a part of ASME E-Fest Asia Pacific hosted by LNMIIT Jaipur during 3rd-5th March 2017. There were total of 41 teams which were shortlisted after Qualifier Round for the main event in November. Teams from all over the country took part which includes teams from IITs, NITs and other prestigious Institutes.
IIT Patna secured overall 3rd position in this competition with 3rd rank in Male Drag Race, 4th rank in Design as well as Innovation events, 5th rank in Endurance race and 13th rank in Female Drag Race. A 15-member team from IIT Patna led by Abhishek Singh under the mentorship of Dr. Atul Thakur manufactured a light weight, efficient, dexterous semi-recumbent vehicle which can safely and effectively be used for everyday transportation. The vehicle has “Innovative Smart Automatic Gear changing System” controlled by a smartphone attached to the vehicle. A new mobile application named “Alacrity SAGC” has been developed for this purpose by team member Md. Zeeshan Alam. Vehicle also has notable features like Rollover Protection System, Aerodynamic Fairing, 7x3 Gear System. During the Drag race, the vehicle driven by S. Vijay Anand achieved top speed of 45 kmph with an average speed of 35 kmph. Passion and Perseverance of students got reflected from the fact that Mr. Vijay Anand despite of having ill health rode at top speed and so did Chandan Gupta.
The vehicle was sponsored by ‘Research and Development Unit, IIT Patna’.
Team members include: Abhishek Singh, Karan Gupta, Ashish Kumar, Gaurav Srivastava, Chandan Gupta, Avinash Kumar, Amrit Raj, Dharmesh Kumar Dewangan, Chaitanya Kumar, S. Vijay Anand, Sarthak Rastogi, Shiv Jee, Shashank Kumar, Pranjali Sharma, Md. Zeeshan Alam.