Monday, October 8, 2007

Buckeye Bullet 2 will be attempting FIA records - report 6 from Salt Flats

Friends of the Buckeye Bullet:
This is the sixth 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 8th, 2007, 6 am

World Finals are over, but the adventure continues. Over the weekend the Bullet2 team has been able to make arrangements to stay at Bonneville through October 12th, together with a small number of other teams that will be attempting FIA sanctioned records.  This extended stay is possible through the continued support of the OSU college of engineering, Ballard, Ford, and Cowen Truck Lines.  We are grateful to all our sponsors, too numerous to mention here.  Approximately half of the team returned to Columbus last night, and 7 veterans (all with Bullet1 experience) have remained on the Salt.  

This is the first time that any Bullet team has had the opportunity to set FIA records.  The attachment summarizes the existing FIA records.  The Bullet 2 is eligible for records in the following categories:

Group VIII – electrical engine, class 3
Group XIV – fuel cell engine, class 3

The record that will be attempted is the flying mile, and in that category the Group VIII record stands at 245.524 (White Lightning, 1999), while the Group XIV record is 83.484 (Opel Zafira).

Yesterday, Sunday, the team set up its pits alongside the other teams at the south end of the Salt Flats (immediately north of I-80).
Time trials should start today, and the weather is expected to cooperate.

Go Bucks! Go Fast!

Giorgio Rizzoni

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