Thursday, October 4, 2007

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

Friends of the Buckeye Bullet:
This is the second 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:

Dedicated BB2 fans may also enjoy the daily blog:

More information on the Salt Flats may be found on the official website:


October 4th, 2007, 5:15 am
Of all the things that could go wrong, I would have never imagined that the hotel would not have an internet connection...
I will find a way to send this message this morning from some other location.
The Bullet 2 passed technical inspection in the morning, but as it was getting ready for its first run, a hydrogen leak was detected by the data logging system. With help from Ballard’s Mike Procter the source of the leak was identified and fixed, but the process took some time, and by the time I reached the Salt the long course had been shut down because of high wind. When the team left the pit area at 7pm the vehicle was ready to go. The race course opens at 7 am, and we plan to be ready to tow the Bullet to the starting line at 6:45.
The conditions are excellent right now: clear and calm. I do not have any fresh images for this report, but for those who would like to visualize where we will be in a couple of hours, I am attaching an old picture of a Bonneville sunrise I took in 2003 or 2004.

Go Bucks! Go fast!

Giorgio Rizzoni

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