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Saint JO 24-hour race – the hydrogen-powered electric car finishes 7th overall

24H de Saint JO – Le véhicule électrique à hydrogène termine 7ème du classement général

The remote control car, which runs on hydrogen and a Horizon Fuel Cell did 2,357 laps — that’s 212.1 km — during the 2013 Saint JO 24-hour green race (May 3 and 4, 2013).

Mr. Frédéric CUVILLIER, French Minister of Transportation, Sea and Fishing, handed out the trophy cup specially made for this challenge, which was to keep a hydrogen-powered car using rain water, with hydrolysis done by solar panels, working under competitive conditions for 24 hours non-stop. Participating students made very interesting measurements, in particular pertaining to the increase in the duration of accumulators thanks to the fuel cell.

The Saint JO 24-hour race involves remote control cars and is based on the world-famous Le Mans 24-hour race on 1/10th the scale. It has been carried out for 13 years by the French Lycée Saint JO.

“The idea behind the race is to motivate our students in their training,” Daniel Kern and Thierry Maison told La Voix du Nord. They are engineering teachers at Saint-Jo and the co-organizers of the 24-hour race. “No more throwaway parts that serve no purpose. Now we have a full-fledged project that entails creating remote-control cars and a race track. From sketching the parts beforehand to assembly and testing, everything is done by the students, who are all high-school level and studying general subjects and the sciences, not to mention industrial technologies and sustainable development. The materials uses are the same as those used in the world of Formula 1 racing — carbon, aluminum, etc.”

Read more : www.lavoixdunord.fr/region/saint-martin-boulogne-cette-annee-un-defi-epice-les-24-ia31b49077n1222959

May 22, 2013 - 10:37 AM