The ULV Team

The University of Liverpool Velocipede Team (ULV Team), sponsored by Rathbone Investment Management, 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.

The ULV Team intended to engineer the ARION2 to take on the world land speed record in September 2016.

The ULV Team (established in 2013) are a team of sixteen engineering students from the University of Liverpool who are engineering the ARION1. All team members are studying for a Masters of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Liverpool.

The ULV Team are the first UK University based team to attempt the land speed record.

The Record

The current male world record is 86.65 mph and was set in September 2015 by AeroVelo. The current female world record is 75.69 mph and was set in September 2010 by Barbara Buatois from Team Varna.

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. The ARION2 will be attempting the land speed record for both female and male single riders at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge 2016.

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

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