Monday 27th January 2020
Car Enthusiast - click here to access the home page


BMW Hydrogen Salt Flat Racer. Image by BMW.

BMW Hydrogen Salt Flat Racer
BMW's vision of the future of motor sport involves cars made from old oil barrels and barbeque lids.
<< earlier article     later article >>


News homepage

BMW has taken EfficientDynamics to the extreme with its entry for the LA Design Challenge. This year's LA Auto Show challenge offers designers the unique opportunity to dream up both an original car and a racing series, and the Hydrogen Salt Flat Racer is BMW DesignWorks USA's effort.

The cigar-shaped racer certainly looks aerodynamic, but in a vision that takes EfficientDynamics to its most radical, BMW has sculpted the future racer on the principles of 'reuse', as opposed to 'recycle'. The way BMW sees it, why bother recycling old things when you can cut out the middle man and simply use them again?

As such, old oil barrels and barbeque lids are used for the body and wheels, making this hydrogen-powered racer a truly eco-friendly concept. Bizarrely, the concept comes complete with an aquatic co-pilot too (yes, a fish).

Before animal-lovers get too excited, though, the fish doesn't exactly do any piloting, but is utilised as a 'canary in a coal mine' (BMW's words) to ensure the vehicle's emissions are clean. 'If the fish gets sick, you must be running rich,' as BMW puts it.

A more feasible idea is perhaps the airless gel-nylon wheel technology, which allows worn tyres to be retreaded.

Grid Position: 9/9

Early Retirement or Podium Finish: Retires when the front offside barbeque lid rim comes off and it crashes into a barrier. Resulting flames and remaining wheels are used to cook up the fish co-pilot for the hungry driver.

Mark Nichol - 21 Oct 2008

2025 BMW Hydrogen Salt Flat Racer concept. Image by BMW.2025 BMW Hydrogen Salt Flat Racer concept. Image by BMW.2025 BMW Hydrogen Salt Flat Racer concept. Image by BMW.2025 BMW Hydrogen Salt Flat Racer concept. Image by BMW.2025 BMW Hydrogen Salt Flat Racer concept. Image by BMW.

2025 BMW Hydrogen Salt Flat Racer concept. Image by BMW.     - BMW road tests
- BMW news
- Hydrogen Salt Flat Racer images

More Porsche 718s gain six-pot motors. Image by Porsche AG.
Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.0
Now the Porsche GTS Cayman and Boxster twins follow the GT4/Spyder in receiving a 4.0-litre flat-six.
New hot Yaris gets 261hp. Image by Toyota.
Toyota Yaris GR revealed
Four-wheel drive and trick chassis for rapid Toyota Yaris GR.
Updated Honda CTR glimpsed in Tokyo. Image by Honda.
Honda CTR and NSX Tokyo 2020
Honda announces 2020MY Civic Type R is incoming, as well as yellow paint for the NSX.

 215 Racing
 A. Kahn Design
 AC Cars
 AC Schnitzer
 Alfa Romeo
 APS Sportec
 Aston Martin
 Auto Union
 Cooper Tires
 David Brown
 David Brown Automotive
 De Tomaso
 Detroit Electric
 Eagle E-type
 edo competition
 FAB Design

 Factory Five
 Faralli & Mazzanti
 General Motors
 Gordon Murray
 Gordon Murray Design
 Gray Design
 Great Wall
 Heffner Performance
 Joss Developments
 Land Rover
 Loma Performance
 Monte Carlo

 Project Runningblade
 Project Velocity
 Red Bull
 Ronn Motor Company
 SDR Sportscars
 Thunder Power
 Tommy Kaira
 Vanda Electrics
 VL Automotive


External links:   | Irish Car Market News |

Internal links:   | Home | Privacy | Contact us | Archives | Follow Car Enthusiast on Twitter | Copyright 1999-2020 ©