Sleek and aerodynamic, the BMW H2R (“Hydrogen Record Car”) is one of the first of a new breed of race cars specially adapted to run on liquid hydrogen fuel. Conceived and developed in just 10 months, it has already set nine international speed records at the Miramas Proving Grounds in France.
The H2R’s 6.0-liter V-12 engine, which draws on BMW’s advanced Valvetronic and Double-VANOS technology, is based on the 760’s gasoline-fueled power plant. This H2-powered high performer generates 232 horsepower, helping it to achieve a top speed of over 187 mph.
On the high-speed track at Miramas the BMW H2R set nine international and
FIA-ratified records with hydrogen combustion engines.
– Maximum speed: 300.175 km/h
– Engine: twelve-cylinder hydrogen concept engine
– Nominal engine power: 210 kW / 282 bhp
– Body shell: aluminum space frame structure
– Outer shell: carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic
– Vehicle dimensions: 5.40m long, 2.01m wide, 1.34m high
– Vehicle weight including driver: 1,560 kg
– Drag coefficient (cw): 0.21
Flying-start kilometer: 11.99 s 187.62 mph
Flying-start mile: 19.91 s 181.85 mph
Standing-start 1/8 kilometer: 9.92 s 45.62 mph
Standing-start 1/4 kilometer: 14.93 s 60.62 mph
Standing-start 1/2 mile: 17.27 s 65.15 mph
Standing-start mile: 36.73 s 98.60 mph
Standing-start 10 miles: 221.05 s 163.81 mph
Standing-start kilometer: 26.56 s 84.72 mph
Standing-start 10 kilometers: 146.41 s 153.90 mph