The human-powered-vehicle(HPV) project was focused around developing a kid’s vehicle, primarily using CNC cut plywood. HPV-RACER embodies the aspirations and excitement of race cars through its aggressive stance and race car like features. It is not only for riding around, but also for the kid to learn the basic principles of automobiles as well.
- 8' x 4' x 3' Baltic birch plywood
HPV-RACER was one of three teams selected to represent the Parsons Product Design Program at Industry City during New York Design Week.
Our group drew inspiration from race cars and sports cars. We focused on the speed and aggressiveness of race cars as well as the exotic aesthetic of sports cars. HPV-RACER was born out of the effort to convey these values and experiences in the form of a ridable toy.
HPV-RACER is driven primarily by bevel gears, similar to how real automobiles work. By appropriating mechanisms and mechanical concepts from real cars, we hoped to add an educational value to the toy.
Applying the same thought process behind the bevel gears, we decided to use a set of rack and pinion gears for the steering system.
Our most basic concept of how the toy would work was made by combining the two main mechanical concepts (driving/steering). The drive wheel is in the rear, with the steering in the front, independent of the drivetrain. This is also known as one of many Rear-Wheel-Drive (RWD) configurations that are commonplace among performance automobiles.