[Land-speed] Fw: Ford's Hydrogen 999 racer shooting for fuel cell land speed record > Hybrid News
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Thu Jul 12 22:45:30 MDT 2007
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Ed Weldon" <23.weldon at comcast.net>
To: <webmaster at landracing.com>; <drmayf at mayfco.com>
Cc: "LSR List" <land-speed at autox.team.net>
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2007 9:35 PM
Subject: Re: [Land-speed] Ford's Hydrogen 999 racer shooting for fuel cell
land speed record > Hybrid News
> Jon-- I'm pretty much with you on this subject. But we still don't have a
> lot of experience with compressed hydrogen fuel in everyday transportation
> use. I think erring on the side of caution is a good idea until we're
> past the possibility of the "Gawd, I wouldn't have imagined that anything
> like that would happen" stage. I think a lot of us have been cowed by the
> pictures of the Hindenburg disaster. Recent research and learned analyses
> of that incident have shown that the process or burning of the airship was
> lot more complicated than we thought.
> Hydrogen has the useful property of diffusing extremely rapidly making the
> maintenance of an explosive mix with oxygen in the atmosphere a very
> transient condition. The net result of this is IMHO the maintenance of a
> substantial volume mixture of explosive potential fairly difficult; i.e.
> a good bet for really big "bangs". In this statement I'll readily defer
> the wisdom of guys like Roy Creel or people with real world experience.
> I think if gasoline powered automobiles had just been invented there would
> be an incredible outcry about the hazards of carrying around 10 or 15
> gallons of the stuff in human controlled vehicles that travel at 70 mph
> can crash under conditions of improper operation. So I'm a bit hesitant
> about jumping on the fear bandwagon with respect to hydrogen fuels.
> All of this notwithstanding I remain very skeptical about the
> of compressed gaseous hydrogen as a motor fuel for consumer
> Still I'd encourage Ford to go forward with their research and prove me
> wrong. This is something we have to explore even if it ultimately fails
> prove to be a great commercial success.
> Ed Weldon
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jon Amo" <webmaster at landracing.com>
> To: <drmayf at mayfco.com>
> Cc: "LSR List" <land-speed at autox.team.net>
> Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2007 9:01 PM
> Subject: Re: [Land-speed] Ford's Hydrogen 999 racer shooting for fuel cell
> land speed record > Hybrid News
> > Im not sure why you are so scared of the Hydrogen projects and im not
> > why the SCTA is taking special precautions for the vehicle..........
> > Jon
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