Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Buckeye Bullet 2 will be attempting FIA records - report 7 from Salt Flats

Friends of the Buckeye Bullet:
This is the seventh 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 9th, 2007, 8 am

The Bullet 2 has been preparing and testing.  Yesterday afternoon the first run on the 11-mile course was completed.  This was intended to be a test run to evaluate all the changes made in the fuel cell system and vehicle control software over the weekend.  The fuel cell system performed as intended, but the inverter reached a limitation that caused the run to be terminated around 200 mph.  When I received a phone update the team had just spoken with Tony Davis of Saminco, the sponsor who has provided the inverter used in both Bullet vehicles.  I understand that the appropriate changes in the calibration have been implemented, and the vehicle will be ready for another test run this morning.  If this run is successful, the next run may be a record attempt.  I hope to have an update at the end of the day.

Go Bucks! Go Fast!

Giorgio Rizzoni

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My 9 year old wants to go to school at OSU now. Thanks for keeping the dream of ingenuity alive.