Saturday, August 23, 2008

Last Report from Speedweek

August 23rd – end of the road
Well, we have reached the end of the road for this edition of Speedweek.
After two unsuccessful attempts to start the vehicle between 1 and 2 pm, we eventually returned to the pits and found humidification pump and hydrogen leak faults. The former was fixed quickly, but the latter, after a substantial amount of "sniffing" for H2 with the appropriate instrument, turned out to be a stack leak which, unlike a leak caused by a fitting or hose, cannot be fixed here on the Salt.

So here is my final report, with some of the firsts achieved by the BB2 this August at Bonneville:

  1. highest mile-averaged speed for a H2 fuel cell vehicle: 280 mph (450 km/h)
  2. highest exit speed (last 1/4 mile trap speed): 287 mph (462 km/h)
  3. highest instantaneous speed (from GPS measurement): 297 mph (478 km/h)
  4. 585 kW delivered by the stacks – most power ever delivered by an automotive fuel cell.

The BB2 team is grateful to the many sponsors of this effort for making all of these accomplishments possible.
To date, 55 private, non-profit and public organizations and individuals have contributed to this project. The team could not have come close to these results without so much help from so many.

Last, and most important, we have been able to do this because of the dedication, capability, and creativity of the best damn students in the land. We are all proud to be a part of The Ohio State University, and grateful for the freedom and latitude we have been given throughout this project.

Stay tuned for the next chapter in this adventure.

Go Bucks! Go fast!


Eric Laukonen said...

Congratulations on a job well done. The team is on the cutting edge for very important technology and it is always surprising to see so much accomplished by the team. Keep up the good work.

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Matt said...

Incredible team and accomplishment. Great job to all!!!

Anonymous said...

Can you put a Li-ion power pack in the Buckeye Bullet 2 and race it again this 08 October? With that 740HP Tesla AC induction motor you are sure to exceed 400MPH. All of you did a wonderful thing! Thanks.

Mochi Mochi said...

We posted an article about the Ohio State team and the Buckeye Bullet on the Amazon Car blog. Along with photos and video. You guys are are great. Keep up the great work.

Mochi Mochi