Ford Unleashing its Racing DNA

Ford is giving us something to be excited about. Read this: Ford will attempt to create a new record for the fastest hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. And just how will it accomplish such? With its new Fusion Hydrogen 999 fuel cell racer car, of course.

Ford’s new creation is the product of collaborative efforts of Ballard, Roush, and the Ohio State University. This new fuel cell car will run on a 770-hp electric motor with the electric energy supplied by hydrogen fuel cells.

Ford will take its new Fusion Hydrogen 999 fuel cell car to the Bonneville Salt Flats next month where it will create its new world record for the fastest hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. And to drive the 999 is Ford retiree and veteran Bonneville racer Rick Byrnes.

According to Gerhard Schmidt, Vice-President, Research & Advanced Engineering for Ford Motor Company, “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. 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.”

Aside from the Fusion 999 there would be another fuel-cell powered racer that will compete in the unlimited class category and it’s called Buckeye Bullet 2 also a collaborative effort from the student group from Ohio State University and several Ford researchers.

Ford together with the rest of its team on the fuel cell project is hoping to surpass their 2004 unlimited land speed record that was previously achieved by the Buckeye Bullet. The record by the way is 315mph. Aside from that; Ford would also want to show the world that going electric doesn’t have to mean low performance.


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