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Ford To Pursue Fuel Cell Vehicle Land Speed Record



Ford Motor Company has partnered with Ohio State University and Rousch Racing to claim the World's Land Speed Record for a Fuel Cell Vehicle.

Ford has collaborated with engineering students at Ohio State University to create a hydrogen fuel cell version of the Fusion. The students will take the car to the Bonneville Salt Flats next month to try to break a land speed record during Bonneville Speed Week.

The car, dubbed Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999, was designed by Ford and built by Roush. The 770 horsepower electric motor was built by OSU students in Columbus, Ohio. The students will also campaign a built-from-scratch car, called the Buckeye Bullet 2, in the unlimited class using the same technology. The Fusion Hydrogen 999 will compete in a different class.

The OSU engineering department is no stranger to land speed records: the first Buckeye Bullet was an electric vehicle that set a 315 mph world record.
Here is the article in its entirety from Left Lane News.com

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DEARBORN, Mich., July 10 - Ford Motor Company will take its 10 years of hydrogen research expertise to the Bonneville Salt Flats in August in an attempt to set the world land speed record in a hydrogen fuel cell powered Ford Fusion.
The Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999 fuel cell car - a collaboratively engineered racer with Ballard, Roush and Ohio State University - is one of two vehicles Ford's fuel cell research team is helping prepare to set world land speed records. Ford researchers also are working with Ohio State University student engineers on its Buckeye Bullet 2, a fuel cell-powered racer that will compete for a similar world record in the unlimited class category.

"Racing is part of Ford Motor Company's DNA so it seemed only natural for us to build a fuel cell race car that runs on hydrogen, a fuel that could someday play a key role in meeting the energy needs of the transportation sector," said Gerhard Schmidt, vice president, Research & Advanced Engineering for Ford Motor Company. "Our goal in attempting this record is to further expand our technological horizons with fuel cell powered vehicles. The collaboration with Ohio State University also affords us an opportunity to work closely with a prestigious university, which provides out-of-the-box thinking from student engineers and helps us recruit talented young people to work at Ford Motor Company."

The land speed record attempt will take place during Bonneville Speed Week from Aug. 10-17. The attempt will be sanctioned by the Southern California Timing Association®.

The Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999 land speed record vehicle was designed by Ford engineers and fabricated and built by Roush in Allen Park, Michigan. Ohio State students are providing the design of the 770 hp electric motor, while Ballard is supplying the hydrogen fuel cells. Ford retiree Rick Byrnes, a veteran Bonneville racer, will pilot the Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999 car on its record attempt.

Ohio State students have designed their unlimited class vehicle, dubbed Buckeye Bullet 2, from the ground up. Ballard donated the hydrogen fuel cells for Ohio State's car, Roush its engineering services and Ford has provided overall project coordination and expertise in fuel cell drivetrains.

In 2004, Ohio State students set the unlimited land speed record for an electric vehicle by running 315 mph in the first Buckeye Bullet, dubbed BB1.

Hydrogen Part of a Broader Effort
Ford's strategy for alternative fuels is built around multiple technologies, including hydrogen fuel cells. This flexible approach allows the company to meet goals for customer needs, environmental impact and shareholder interests. The strategy does not focus on one catch-all solution but includes a flexible array of options, including hybrids, E85 ethanol, clean diesels, bio-diesels, advanced engine and transmission technologies and hydrogen fuel cells.

The company already has a fleet of 30 hydrogen powered Focus fuel cell vehicles on the road as part of a worldwide, seven-city program to conduct real world testing of fuel cell technology. The 30-car fleet has accumulated more than 540,000 miles since its inception in 2005.

Ford also is conducting tests with the world's first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Ford Edge with HySeries Drive. The Ford Edge with HySeries Drive uses a series electric drivetrain with an onboard hydrogen fuel cell generator to give the vehicle a range of 225 miles with zero emissions.

Currently, Ford offers gasoline-electric hybrids including the Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrid. The company will also offer hybrid versions of the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan in 2008.


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What fantastic news!! I heard though that "another company" was planing to drop a car with a fuel cell in the trunk from a helicopter to claim the record . . . :D

Just kidding.

Good for Ford, that will give them a **** of a bragging right. Much deserved by the way.
 

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This is great for Ford. I think however the most important this is for Ford to focus on getting on the leading edge of delivarable alternative propolsion technologies, which this will help them.
I think Hydrogen might never see the light of day, especially as battery technology is catching up to a point where the plug in vehicles might match normal gasoline powered vehicle with range. I see it being used as a long trip recharging agent, together with solar Panels and all sorts of other motors than, its own unique proportion system
 

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I think Hydrogen might never see the light of day, especially as battery technology is catching up to a point where the plug in vehicles might match normal gasoline powered vehicle with range.
Don't be so sure. Batteries are extremely contaminant and even though there has been progress there a a lot of undesirable characteristics attached to the, like extreme heat, volatility and others.

Hydrogen is a much more clear alternative whether a fuel cell or an internal combustion engine, where there have been considerable progress.
 

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30 busses around is a good start for development work. They use supercharged V10 Triton engines, modified for H2. Seems to work good.


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I think Ford leads or is nearly leading in overall alternative powertrain technology research. They just need to get them to market.
 

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30 busses around is a good start for development work. They use supercharged V10 Triton engines, modified for H2. Seems to work good.


BTW,
I think Ford leads or is nearly leading in overall alternative powertrain technology research. They just need to get them to market.
I am not sure its clear who leads right now. I think BMW has vehicles on the showroom, GM has dual mode and I know is working hard on Hydrogen and and plug ins.
Who knows what Honda is up to? and Toyota
 
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