In 2009, a new world record was broken by the Canadian Sam Wittingham at Battle Mountain: 133 km/h in a human powered vehicle. This record was achieved by riding an aerodynamic recumbent bicycle. It gathered attention from people all around the world. When some students from Delft heard about this, they were impressed and intrigued, but also inspired. They thought about how much faster they could go if they would build an even more technically advanced bike. The students made a decision: breaking the world record with their own bike within 3 years. Thus the Human Power Team was born. Made out of a carbon-fibre frame and a precisely engineered aerodynamic shell, the very first VeloX was made.
The goal for the first year was to design and produce a bike to participate in the yearly race for the fastest bikes in the world, the World Human Powered Speed Challenge (WHPSC). Not only did Sebastiaan Bowier win the WHPSC 2011, he also broke the European speed record with 130 km/h. A fantastic result for our first year!