The ULV Team

The ULV Team (established in 2013) are a team of engineering students from the University of Liverpool who engineered the ARION series of speed bikes. The team were the first UK University based group to attempt the land speed record. All team members are studying for a Masters of Engineering at the University of Liverpool.

The University of Liverpool Velocipede Team (ULV Team) set the British land speed record for fastest human-powered vehicle in September 2015 with the ARION1 Land Speed Bicycle, reaching 75 mph. Over the course of the race week, the British record was broken three times by the ULV Team, and now sits an impressive 8 mph higher.

In 2016, with the ARION2, they broke their own record, reaching 76.59 mph, and also raising the women’s record by 29 mph, up to an impressive 71.05 mph!

In 2017, the ARION3 was raced at the same competition, with the male rider reaching 77.4 mph, and the female rider 71.49 mph. While both faster than previously, the headwind they were riding into was above the legal speed.

In 2018, the ARION4 broke four arm powered World Records; two overall speed records, and two acceleration records. The male rider reached 51.58 mph, and the female rider 46.54 mph!

In 2019, ARION5 raced a three wheel velocipede and successfully broke the female multi-track World Record with a speed of 56.42 mph!

In 2020, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 ARION6 were unable to manufacture their bike or go to Battle Mountain.

Currently ARION7 are working on a delta trike to take on the male and female multitrack world land speed records in September 2021. The Team are confident in their ability to bring back more records to the UK!

The Records

The current Multitrack Female World Record is 56.42 mph and was set in September 2019 by Yasmin Tredell from the ULV Team.

The current Arm Powered Male World Record is 51.58 mph and was set in September 2018 by Ken Talbot from the ULV Team. The current female world record is 46.54 mph and was set in September 2018 by Karen Darke MBE from the ULV Team.

The Male British Land Speed Record is 76.59 mph, set by Ken Buckley and the Female British Land Speed Record is 71.05 mph, set by Yasmin Tredell, both riders were from the ULV Team in September 2016.

The “200 metre flying start single rider” land speed record is governed by the International Human Powered Vehicle Association (IHPVA) who host an annual event in Battle Mountain, Nevada USA called the World Human Powered Speed Challenge.

For further information regarding the World Human Powered Speed Challenge records, please visit the IHPVA website:

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