A Radical RXC Prototype Turns Hydrogen into 669-Horsepower
Hydrogen appears to be the fuel source of the future. It’s more efficient than gasoline, renewable, and essentially pollution-free (after it has been separated, of course). But like all technologies that haven’t been completely developed or squared away, there’s always another avenue to explore. Cranfield University found that tangent. Students at Cranfield set to work to explore the possibility of hydrogen-powered cars in a one-make racing series. But don’t worry, were not talking about racers trundling around in plebian Toyota FCVs. The students needed an existing lightweight and aerodynamic race chassis, so the team partnered with Radical and what they have come up with is impressive.
RELATED: See more photos of the Radical RXC
Enter the hydrogen-powered Radical RXC – a track-monster spouting 669-horsepower and 567 lb-ft of torque. But unlike the 135hp FCV, which turns hydrogen and oxygen into electricity (and water), the RXC mainlines the stuff right into its existing 3.7-liter Ford V6. Dual high-pressure hydrogen tanks mounted on either side of the engine feed hydrogen to the V6, providing an additional 289-horsepower more than in standard trim.
Unfortunately, it only exists in a computer, but based on a number of calculations and scratches of the head, the team feels confident that both the powerplant and chassis could cope with the astounding amount of power.
As of now, there are no plans to put the hydrogen RXC into production, but given that these students are working toward an Advanced Motorsport Engineering post-grad degree…there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing this design in the future.
RELATED: Check out this video of a road test of the Radical RXC
Source: Electric Autosport