Student teams competing in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' 30th annual Human Powered Vehicle Contest in California had to take into account both speed and endurance with sprint races and a 2.5-hour challenge to cover the most laps in a parking lot. A sleek two-wheeled vehicle with a full wraparound fairing was the approach taken by San Jose State University. The Santa Clara University team, meanwhile, opted for a stable tricycle design suitable for various terrains, earning them second place among seven novice teams. The Rose Hulman Polytechnic Institute from Indiana won the western division.

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