Safety and Suppliers

All vehicles must abide by technical requirements, and must be approved through the Verification Review process in order to be cleared for safety and usability at the Final Competition Event. Read all of the rules and requirements in the Overview, Rules and Awards document.

Each rider must wear a helmet.  All bicycle helmets must carry a CPSC sticker.

  • Guards are required to protect the rider from moving components, where deemed necessary.
  • Vehicles will be disqualified for the following reasons:
    • Insufficient braking capability
    • Lack of stability
    • Poor visibility
    • Dangerous protrusions
    • Unsafe design features

All team participants are required to watch the Fluid Power Safety video.


The Parts Suppliers will furnish a menu of fluid power components that will work well with most vehicle designs, including pumps, motors, accumulators, valves, pressure gauges, hoses, etc.

For teams from returning universities, the minimum requirement will be to use all new components on the same vehicle frame, or to reuse components on a new vehicle frame. Changes will need to be described at Design and Specification Midway Review.

Student Teams can reference these websites for more information:

It is expected that industry judges and Ernie Parker, the Technical Liaison, will primarily serve to answer technical design questions. To view is year’s Educational Webinar,

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  • Teams will be able to order parts from this list, up to $1,500 in total value.
  • Allow 6 weeks for delivery.  Deadline to order is December 1st, 2017.
  • Lube-Tech will furnish a 5 gallon pail of environmentally-friendly fluid, compatible with components provided.
  • Reservoirs will need to have adequate sealing and venting capability. There is zero-leak tolerance in the system.
  • All other details pertaining to procurement can be found in the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge phone app.