Ford is putting together an assault on the speed record for fuel cell cars with a specially made Fusion.
The automaker has unveiled its Fusion Hydrogen 999 built to set the world land speed record for a production-based hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle. Its goal is to become the world’s first Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) fuel cell car to travel 200 mph (322 km/h).
“It may sound cliché, but we’re chasing a dream,” said Matt Zuehlk, member of the Ford fuel cell team and lead engineer for the Fusion Hydrogen 999 project. “We see an opportunity to make history for Ford, and it’s extremely exciting.”
The vehicle will race during Bonneville Speed Week next month at the renowned Salt Flats in Utah.
Zuehlk says if the vehicle achieves its goal, it won’t be the first time a Ford “999” sets a land speed record.
“In 1904, Henry Ford set a land speed record at 91.37 mph (147 km/h) on a frozen Lake St. Clair with a car named ‘999,’” he explained. “Mr. Ford had a dream of being fast and innovative. We’re back at land speed racing 100 years later, and now we’re showcasing Ford’s innovation in fuel cell technology.”
The exterior of the Fusion Hydrogen 999 looks like a standard Fusion with a few key differences. Some body modifications make it more aerodynamic. The 999 is much lower to the ground.