Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge


Hydraulics… meet the bicycle.

Participating universities have been confirmed for 2019-2020 NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge.

Click here to Meet the Teams or contact us to learn how to get involved next year.

The Vehicle Challenge is based on an initiative pioneered by Parker Hannifin Corporation.

This STEM competition challenges college engineering students to redesign a traditional bicycle using hydraulics as the mode of power transmission. By combining this unlikely pair, the Vehicle Challenge hopes to create an environment that results in uncommon connections and breakthroughs, while supporting learning and the growth of fluid power industry knowledge.

Make it your capstone!

The Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge easily embeds into capstone design courses most mechanical engineering students take in their senior year, and includes exclusive opportunities to connect with industry professionals through the design and competition process. Universities are encouraged to participate in the context of their capstone design courses, but student teams in other configurations are welcome.

Teams are typically required to include:

  • An accumulator for storing energy
  • An electronic control system for the vehicle
  • Regeneration technology