Posted: Sunday, 05 April 2009 3:48PM
Lawrence Tech Fuel Cell Racing Cart Wows 'Em In Carolinas
In yet another student technological exhibition over the weekend, Lawrence Technological University students have returned from South Carolina, where they were showing off their Formula Zero hydrogen fuel cell racing kart to members of the National Hydrogen Association as well as to local media.
Lawrence Tech students developed the kart for a European competition last summer and have made major modifications since, according to team member Steven Lent.
The kart hit a top speed of 36 mph in short straightaways on a track sent up in South Carolina. But Lent said the team hasn't yet done any straightaway racing to determine its true top speed yet.
As for fuel consumption, it ran for 15 to 20 minutes ona single eight-gram bottle of hydrogen gas.
"The team learned a lot about our vehicle and its performance," Lent said. "During the next few months with summer coming we are hoping to be able to tweak our motor controller to enhance our performance even further. Eventually we are planning on getting down to Miland Dragway to get official times for speeds and performance."
Lent said Lawrence Tech is hoping to set a world record for performance of a hydrogen fuel cell powered kart.
The State, South Carolina's largest newspaper, shot video of the kart in action. Check it out at http://videos.thestate.com/vmix_hosted_apps/p/media?id=3608900.