Hybrid Hydrogen Racer – Water Carrier

Many transportation pioneers are finding there may be too much at stake in developing a hybrid hydrogen vehicle. Proving its reliability, performance, flexibility and environmental credentials is a major objective for the wider use of hydrogen in motorsport and automotive environments. One such vehicle, the Rapide S, which can run on hydrogen, gasoline, or a blend of both, was recently put to the test on one of the biggest motorsport stages of all—the Nürburgring 24h race—with the objective of proving that a cost-efficient solution can achieve durability without compromising performance, even in the most extreme conditions. This test of Rapide S as technology has been very important for development of wider use for hydrogen in motorsport and automotive environments. A major goal of the development of Rapide S technology was to develop an emissions-free high-tech cross-platform that can be adapted to any existing engine easily and quickly. Central to this was the development of a high-tech powertrain that optimizes the fuel compound and combustion process across all driving situations. The result was that minimal engineering effort was needed to modify the base engine. Several other such hydrogen combustion engines have been developed in the past, but while they worked perfectly, efforts to modify the base engine were difficult.


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  • Accession Number: 01491942
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 12 2013 9:34AM