Results of 1972 Urban Vehicle Design Competition

Paper #:
  • 730513

Published:
  • 1973-02-01
DOI:
  • 10.4271/730513
Citation:
McCuen, C. and Matthews, M., "Results of 1972 Urban Vehicle Design Competition," SAE Technical Paper 730513, 1973, doi:10.4271/730513.
Abstract:

In August 1972, the Urban Vehicle Design Competition (UVDC) completed an 18-month program of vehicle design and construction with a national testing event of all vehicles entered in the contest. Sixty-six vehicles from 62 universities in the United States and Canada competed for the top prize. The objectives of the competition were to promote a project-oriented approach to engineering education, as well as to provide students with the opportunity to contribute constructively in the effort to develop low-emission, safe urban vehicles.

Some of the more innovative designs appeared in the following areas:

Low-pollution powerplants utilizing nonfossil fuels, thermal reactors, catalytic reactors, exhaust gas recirculation systems, and hybrid powerplants.

Drunk tester/antitheft devices.

Bumper systems capable of protecting a vehicle from damage in a 5 mph impact.

Overall integration of automotive systems in small vehicle design.

A description of UVDC testing procedures, scoring results, and innovative designs is contained in this paper.

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