A couple of weeks ago I talked about how Jesse James from the TV show, “Jesse James Is A Dead Man”, Donald Trumps “Celebrity Apprentice” and other fame would be attempting to set a land-speed record for a hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine vehicle (ICE).
Yesterday, James did just this by rocketing his Streamliner to a record 199.7 mph, beating out the previous land-speed hydrogen ICE holder the BMW HR2, which was clocked in Germany at 185.5 mph. The company that clocked Jesse James’ record ride on the El Mirage dry lake bed in California’s Mojave Desert, was Southern California Timing Association.
Now, in August 2007 the Ford 999 set a land-speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles at 207.297 mph. But, these are two very different cars using extremely different technology. Both technologies however, fueled by hydrogen are zero emissions (or near zero emissions), meaning these race cars are non-polluting which is unheard of in the race car world.
Jesse James’ world record setting ride will be aired on his TV show on SpikeTV Sunday, August 9, 2009. Breaking the 200 mph barrier would have been sweet, but breaking the previous record by over 14 mph with only a water vapor trail for emissions, will let the world know that hydrogen cars are not gutless, little tofu-eating vehicles.
Hydrogen cars can be about speed and zero emissions if you want them to be.