International zero-emmission motorsports Answered
The world's first international hydrogen-powered motorsport race was held in Rotterdam this weekend.
Dubbed the Formula Zero championship, the contest pitted teams from five countries against each other in a zero-emissions go-kart race.
Each team's entry was powered by a commercial fuel cell that produces electricity from hydrogen.
It may be small-scale, with only six teams entering go-kart sized vehicles, but Formula Zero is an officially-recognised motorsport, with plans for scaling up to Formula Three and the Formula One style and speeds.
"In 10 years if the motorsport industry as a whole hasn't engaged in zero or low emission principles, it probably won't be around," said Greg Offer, who headed up the Imperial College London team. "Teams that embrace this new technology early on will succeed, and those that don't will fall by the wayside."
Racing excitement won't suffer, though; Dr. Offer says that fuel-cell powered vehicles don't represent a compromise in performance over traditional petrol-fuelled engines.
'"With a combustion engine, you have to reach three or four thousand revs to get your peak power," he says. "With an electric vehicle, it's all there from standing, and they're more efficient."
The next races are planned for the US in March 2009. Plenty of time to get your own entry built.
Formula Zero homepage
BBC news article