Thursday, October 4, 2007

Buckeye Bullet 2 ready for World Finals at Bonneville - report 4 from the Salt Flats

Friends of the Buckeye Bullet:
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:

http://www.buckeyebullet.com/

Dedicated BB2 fans may also enjoy the daily blog:

http://buckeyebullet.blogspot.com/

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

http://www.utah.com/playgrounds/bonneville_salt.htm

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October 4th, 2007,  7 pm

A very brief update.  The BB2 had a second run in the afternoon, and it had a good start with a speed of 218 in the second timed mile.
Unfortunately between the second and third timed miles the vehicle lost power and it coasted to a 205 mph third mile.
The team is currently looking into the data acquired during the run to understand what went wrong.  This is land speed racing...
A very ugly looking storm went west and south of the Slat Flats in the afternoon, and we hope that the weather holds. If it does, we should be able to have a couple of solid runs on Friday.

Go Bucks! Go Fast!

Giorgio Rizzoni

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