November 26, 2004
Hydrogen-powered BMW H2R prototype to be shown at Los Angeles Auto Show
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey – BMW’s hydrogen-powered H2R Record Car will be shown for the first time in the United States at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January. The hydrogen powered car set nine records for cars powered by a hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine.
The BMW H2R Record Car was conceived, designed and developed in just 10 months by BMW engineers. The expressive exterior design was created by DesignworksUSA, which is a design consultancy owned by BMW Group and based in Newbury Park, California.
For the specific speed record requirements, the hydrogen combustion engine was designed and built to run exclusively on hydrogen. The records, set at the high-speed Miramas Proving Grounds in France, are proof that hydrogen is able to replace conventional fuel without requiring the driver to compromise dynamic performance, said the company.
The heart of the H2R Record Car is based primarily on BMW’s top-of-the-line 6-litre V12. It is able to run on hydrogen fuel through the adjustment of engine management as well as the fuel/air mixture formation components. The engine develops an output of more than 285 horsepower. This engine propels the BMW prototype to 60 mph in approximately six seconds and gives it a top speed of more than 185 mph.
The H2R prototype set the following nine records:
|Time in seconds||Speed in mph|
|Standing-start 1/8 mile:||9.921||72.997|
|Standing-start 1/4 mile:||14.933||96.994|
|Standing-start 1/2 kilometre:||17.269||104.233|
|Standing-start 10 miles:||221.052||262.094|
|Standing-start 10 kilometres:||146.406||245.892|