Lawrence Tech is participating in something that takes Formula-1 racing to the next level - albeit a smaller, futuristic level. It's called Formula Zero, it's an international zero-emissions race using hydrogen fuel cells strapped to go-karts.
The Lawrence Tech team, Element One
, qualified for the competition in August in Rotterdam. The design of their hydrogen-powered zinger - inspired by F-22 and F-35 fighter planes - also took first place in design.Excerpt:
Formula Zero’s purpose is to use a racing competition to publicize the potential of hydrogen fuel cells to provide a zero-emission solution for transportation. The Formula Zero Championship, Student Edition, was created under the guidance of the Alternative Energies Commission of the Federation Internationale De L’Automobile, the worldwide governing body of major motor sports series. The long-term goal is to create a racing competition with full-scale race cars.
The university teams will be competing in smaller, essentially go-kart-sized versions that are capable of reaching 70 mph. The student teams had to design a kart with room for the driver as well as the fuel-cell package, a hydrogen tank, an electric motor and capacitors to provide rapid acceleration.
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