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This is the fourth of a series of reports describing the progress of the Buckeye Bullet 2 at The Bonneville World Finals. The BB2 is a hydrogen fuel cell land speed vehicle designed to break the speed record for electric vehicles at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. It is designed and built by Ohio State University students out of the Center for Automotive Research in Columbus, Ohio. More details may be found at:
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October 4th, 2007, 12:45 pm
This morning the BB2 had its first run at the World Finals. In spite of a few glitches, BB2 recorded an exit speed of 224.301 mph, and an average speed on the fifth mile of 223.334 mph. This is the highest speed ever recorded for any vehicle fueled by hydrogen and/or powered by fuel cells.
Ballard Chief Technology Officer Chris Guzy and Ford Hydrogen 999 Program Manager Matt Zuehlk are currently at Bonneville and were able to witness this historic performance. Chris Guzy recently visited the OSU campus to receive the college of engineering Meritorius Service Award on behalf of Ballard, in recognition of the unprecedented support provided by Ballard to the Buckeye Bullet team. He seems to be enjoying the spirit of Bonneville.
The team had a slower start than anticipated due to several minor problems related to the fit of some body parts. Eventually, the BB2 reached the start line around 10:30, and was in line to start around 11. The first mile was painfully slow. The fuel cell system only delivered limited power at first, and Roger Schroer had to reset all the power systems twice. On the third attempt the propulsion system responded, and Roger rocketed away. The exit speed recorded in the attached slip is in fact only representative of a 4-mile run, due to the starting problems. The run was completed at approximately 80% power. There is definitely room for improving this record...
At the end of the run the parachutes did not deploy quite as intended, and the team is now working on improving the chute release systems in expectation of a second run later in the afternoon. Since the parachutes were not fully tested, the next run is likely to also take place at limited power and at a conservative speed of around 250.
If all goes well, Friday runs will be conducted at full power, and we expect to see significantly greater speeds.
Congratulations to the BB2 team!!
Go Bucks! Go fast!