Hydrogen racer wows shoppers

RMIT – Hydrogen racer wows shoppers

A young fan checks out the racer

RMIT University’s clean and green racing car was the main attraction for shoppers in the eastern suburbs during a special event at Westfield Doncaster.

Australia’s first hydrogen-powered racer was on display during the Easter school holidays, with RMIT students on hand to explain the cutting-edge automotive engineering technology behind it.

Professor Aleksandar Subic, Head of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, said RMIT students involved in the pioneering Formula Hydrogen project had developed knowledge and skills that would help them become future leaders of the automotive engineering industry.

“This project was about more than theory – the students actually had the chance to research, design, build and test a hydrogen-powered racing car using the latest sustainable automotive technology,” Professor Subic said.

“The work they have done in building this demonstration vehicle for the future will have benefits for all cars and could even lead some day to a completely clean and green Grand Prix.”

RMIT students helped design, engineer and manufacture the car last year as part of their Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) and Bachelor of Engineering (Automotive Engineering) programs.

Powered by an internal combustion motorcycle engine modified to run on hydrogen, the racing car showcases the possibilities of this clean, efficient and renewable alternative fuel.

The car will be bidding for the title of world’s fastest hydrogen-powered racer when it attempts to break the Guinness World Records mark for speed by a vehicle of its class later this year.

The Formula Hydrogen project is a collaboration between RMIT and the Fachhochshule Ingolstadt, University of Applied Sciences, in Germany.

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