Getting Started

The NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge strives to promote original thinking in a competitive setting by combining two technology platforms that are not normally associated with one another—human-powered vehicles and fluid power (hydraulics and pneumatics). The first, as exemplified by the bicycle, is recognized as extremely efficient in terms of input vs. output. The second presents more of a challenge in terms of efficiency, especially at low speeds. A fluid powered vehicle, then, presents engineers with a familiar yet challenging platform for change.

For complete details and procedures, participants should refer to the Overview, Rules and Awards.

Learn more about the Vehicle Challenge below.

Event Overview

Describes what the Vehicle Challenge is and what is involved. 


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A detailed timeline that walks through the process of competing in a Vehicle Challenge.


Advisers will register the team; all individual participants, industry judges and spectators must register separately.

Meet the Teams

See what universities will be participating in the upcoming program and review previous year’s submissions.