The 2020 Australian Human Powered Vehicle Racing Design and Construction Specifications have been released. After review by technical officials of Australian International Pedal Prix Inc. and Victorian Human Powered Grand Prix Series, the organising bodies, two specific amendments have been incorporated.
*Higher Standard for Rear Roof Strength – This attends to the small number of vehicles that were built with very light weight rear roof areas. (Figure 5, on page 7, referred to in a new rule 4.10.2.)
*Seat Belt Bolt Specification – A new rule 5.2.3, that for Scrutineering purposes gives a bolt specification where coupling nuts are used as a captive nut system for seat belt mounting.
These specifications are for vehicles entering approved Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) events in Australia, currently the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series, and the Victorian Human Powered Grand Prix Series.
AIPP Inc. Chairman, Andrew McLachlan highlighted the crucial nature of the review. “Robust vehicle specifications form an important backbone for HPV racing in Australia. They are produced, to ensure optimum safety, exciting racing, and series stability. We are very pleased with the review overseen by Chief Scrutineer Rob Spurling, with just two changes for the upcoming 2020 season.”
Vehicles permitted to enter the approved Series must be single seat, recumbent, have three or more load bearing wheels and be solely human powered, driving one or more of the wheels. No alternative propulsion systems are allowed.
Both changes can be found in the 2020 Australian Human Powered Vehicle Racing Design and Construction Specifications on the UniSA Australian HPV Super Series website, under the Manager Info tab.