Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Buckeye Bullet 2 ready for World Finals at Bonneville - report 1 from the Salt Flats

Friends of the Buckeye Bullet:
This is the first of a series of daily 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 3rd, 2007
Well, I must confess that I am not in Bonneville yet – I am leaving to join the team later this morning, after teaching my class. So, this report is based on communications from the team. I will issue an update at the end of the day.

The Bullet2 left over the weekend after a series of very successful tests held at TRC in the past several days. All systems appear to be functioning correctly, and the team is upbeat. The vehicle has seen significant changes and improvements since the August runs. Most notably, the electrical system has been completely re-wired, with invaluable assistance provided by Ford, who hosted a small group of students and taught them the fundamentals of creating a robust wiring harness. In addition, the transmission has been fully commissioned and all H2 flow restrictions have been eliminated. The vehicle was ready to go last week, and the tests conducted at TRC validated all the changes made since August.

Half of the team arrived on the Salt Monday, the other half late yesterday evening. The team went through a preliminary tech inspection, and a few very minor fixes need to be implemented. We expect that the vehicle will pass tech inspection this morning and will be cleared for a 250 mph run. SCTA/BNI officials would like to see speeds increased gradually, so it might take a couple of runs to begin to see what kinds of speeds can be achieved. If all goes well, we might have some interesting numbers to report tonight...

Go Bucks! Go fast!

Giorgio Rizzoni

Giorgio Rizzoni
The Ford Motor Company Chair in Electromechanical Systems
Professor of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Director, Center for Automotive Research
The Ohio State University
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