In the December 2021 issue of Racecar Engineering, released today, editor Andrew Cotton spoke with Jesse Glickenhaus of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus about SCG’s attempt to create a hydrogen-fueled race car to contest the Baja 1000 in November 2022. As noted by Cotton, the goal of this first-of-its-kind project is not only to finish a race that many contenders fail to complete even with standard combustion engines, but also to “set a benchmark that will put the technology onto the radar of governments around the world.”
In their conversation, Glickenhaus discussed SCG’s partnership with First Mode, and First Mode’s work on the feasibility study and subsequent engineering of the hydrogen fuel cell for the Boot. Article excerpt:
“Once the issue with SCORE’s rule making was overcome, the company could then turn towards the technology. SCG partnered with First Mode, a team of engineers that by chance were in the process of designing a hydrogen-cell electric earth moving vehicle, and which had monitored the Glickenhaus Twitter conversation with Musk.
‘First Mode did a feasibility study over several months. We gave them all of our Baja data and they built a Baja course,’ says Glickenhaus. ‘We ran combinations of fuel cells, batteries, hydrogen storage solutions and came up with our design. Then we moved to phase two, which is the engineering.'”
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